ICT4D

Farmers in Odisha use radio as main source of agricultural information

Despite the abundance of mobile phones and increased internet penetration, a survey among farmers from Odisha, India, found that the radio was still the primary source of general agricultural information. One hundred and twenty farmers participated in the said survey. It was conducted by Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal. The farmers were of middle age, between 41 to 50 years old. Majority owned between 0.51 to 1 hectare of land

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Utilization of ICTs in Agricultural Marketing Information Delivery in Charland of Bangladesh

Agriculture has been the most important sector in the economy of Bangladesh as it comprises 19.6% of the national GDP. 63% of the country’s population were employed in the agricultural sector. However, as the population in Bangladesh continues to grow, the country faces greater challenges in maintaining food production. Although ICT has played an essential role in enhancing crop quality and food production, and delivering agricultural marketing information, the agrarian

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Smart Farming Technology for Small-Scale Farmers in Thailand

Smart farming technology is a new agricultural innovation in the digital era that adopted various ICTs in the farm. Smart farming leads to the efficient use of production factors, the increase in quality of farm production, cost-effectiveness, reducing environmental impact, cost of production, and labor, saving time and leading to sustainable agriculture. Smart farming is considered as one of the important strategic goals in Thailand. The country intends to transform

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SMS as an Inclusive Tool in Knowledge Sharing in Agriculture in the Philippines

Knowledge sharing is considered one of the essential practices for agricultural development. Farmers have to be aware of the latest agricultural information to make sure they can address farm issues such as pests and diseases and utilize the existing innovations to maximize their production. There are already a lot of established systems to ensure this, such as social media, websites, mobile applications, and radio programs. However, farmers face challenges with

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Farmers in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Myanmar adopt digital technologies based on performance, ease of use, and peer review

While digital technologies could enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of farming activities, the Grow Asia report in 2019 still showed that farmers’ adoption of digital technologies remained low across Southeast Asia. In their interviews with 100 farmers from Vietnam, Indonesia, and Myanmar, the Grow Asia team found that farmers would only decide to adopt a technology based on performance, ease of use, and reviews from fellow farmers. Farmers also moved

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Age and level of education, determinants of social media use among farmers in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Agriculturists and extension workers have been exploring how to harness the use of social media for agriculture. However, social media adoption among farmers in developing nations remains to be a challenge. A survey among 365 farmers in Chiang Mai, Thailand, revealed that only 66 respondents had adopted social media. Furthermore, only 8 out of the 66 respondents relied on social media for agriculture-related information. For 25 out of the 66,

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Project SARAi: Technologies for Climate Smart Agriculture in the Philippines

Climate change is one of the major problems in the agriculture sector. It reduces crop and livestock productivity, threatens food security, and lower income, especially to smallholder farmers. In the Philippines, an action-research program was established to work towards climate risks by providing agricultural stakeholders with site-specific crop advisories. Project SARAI or  Smarter Approaches to Reinvigorate Agriculture as an Industry in the Philippines provides farmers advisories for rice, corn, banana,

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Farmers’ Perceptions Regarding the Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northern Pakistan

Farmers in the Khybe Pakthunkhwa (KPK) province in Pakistan considered the utilization of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a useful source of agricultural information. In the study published by Aldosari et.al in 2017, farmer respondents agreed that information gathered through traditional media (radio and television) as well as the new media (mobile phone and internet) are sufficient for them. However, issues on access, availability and educational status affect the

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Radio+ increased mobilization of agricultural knowledge in Sri Lanka

Media use in agriculture is an area of interest among sector members. In Sri Lanka, a group composed of staff from Rangiri Radio, Department of Export Agriculture, Wayamba University and LIRNEAsia, and researchers from the University of Alberta and the University of Guelph in Canada aimed to know the affordances of adopting radio+ (broadcast radio combined with information and communication technologies). Specifically, the group wanted to explore radio+ as a

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GeoFarmer tool helps information sharing among farmers

Information and experiences sharing  among farmers is important in improving farming practices.  To support these exchanges of experiences, the GeoFarmer app was designed to help these farmers. In this app, it enables a multi-way communication among farmers, researchers, and community workers to collect and share information and experiences.  Farmers  learn from each other by asking questions, sharing some suggestions on how to manage and improve their farm. GeoFarmer was tested

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