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Using ICT to Integrate Smallholder Farmers into Agricultural Value Chain: The Case of DrumNet Project in Kenya


  • Julius J. Okello

    (University of Nairobi, Kenya)

  • Edith Ofwona-Adera

    (IDRC, Kenya)

  • Oliver L.E. Mbatia

    (University of Nairobi, Kenya)

  • Ruth M. Okello

    (Michigan State University, USA)


This article examines an ICT-based intervention (known as the DrumNet project) that has succeeded in integrating smallholder-resource and poor farmers into a higher value agricultural chain. The article assesses the design of the project, and how it resolves the smallholder farmers’ idiosyncratic market failures and examines member-farmers’ marketing margins. The article finds that the design of the DrumNet project resolves smallholder farmers’ credit, insurance and information market failures and enables them to overcome organizational failure. The article concludes that successful ICT-based interventions for integrating farmers into higher value agricultural value chains require an integrated approach to tackling smallholder farmers’ constraints. The findings have implications for the design of future ICT-based interventions in agriculture.

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  • Julius J. Okello & Edith Ofwona-Adera & Oliver L.E. Mbatia & Ruth M. Okello, 2010. "Using ICT to Integrate Smallholder Farmers into Agricultural Value Chain: The Case of DrumNet Project in Kenya," International Journal of ICT Research and Development in Africa (IJICTRDA), IGI Global, vol. 1(1), pages 23-37, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jictrd:v:1:y:2010:i:1:p:23-37

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    1. Okello, Julius Juma & Ndirangu, Lydia K., 2010. "Does the environment in which ICT-based market information services (MIS) projects operate affect their performance? Experiences from Kenya," 2010 AAAE Third Conference/AEASA 48th Conference, September 19-23, 2010, Cape Town, South Africa 96193, African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE).

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