Title: Perception of technology in Nigeria

Authors: Segun Famoriyo

Addresses: School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria

Abstract: The developing countries of the world have greater resources of land and labour than the industrialized countries. However, capital and technology are relatively scarce in the developing countries. It is said that these countries control only 2% of the world|s resources for research and development. It is within this context that this paper examines the perception of technology in Nigeria. It is argued that generation of appropriate technology through research and development should be part of the planning process. Transfer of technology by multinational corporations, on the other hand, is usually fragmented. And the goals of these corporations are often at variance with those of the developing countries concerned. The paper concludes with suggestions based upon the premise that agricultural research is a generator of technology, and that the skills of Nigeria|s small farmers need to be harmonized with the objectives of national agricultural development.

Keywords: technology transfer; Nigeria; developing countries; research and development; R&D; agricultural research; farming; appropriate technology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1988.025985

International Journal of Technology Management, 1988 Vol.3 No.5, pp.515 - 527

Available online: 26 May 2009 *

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