Four Key Findings: Smallholder Farmer Use of Mobile Phones for Agriculture
ICTWorks published a guest article that summarizes the research findings on Smallholder Farmers Use of Mobile Phones for Agriculture. The research was done in Kenya and examined the use of ‘m-services’ by farmers.
The study-examined factors affecting the likelihood of Kenyan farmers’ adoption of m-services specifically related to agriculture and livestock information, buying and selling products, and alerts about agricultural or livestock activities.The findings were that:-
- Farmers are using apps, but adoption is low
- Digital divides exist in wealth, gender and education
- Women lag (slightly) behind men in smartphone ownership
- A way forward: Farmer groups
Read the full paper here.
Read the ICTWorks article here