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The Importance of ICTs in the Provision of Information for Improving Agricultural Productivity and Rural Incomes in Africa

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  • Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere

    (International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Addis Ababa)

  • Daniel Ayalew Mekonnen

    (International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Addis Ababa)

Abstract

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) developments have taken place in Africa with the significant growth over the past decade. This paper looks at the evidence on the role of emerging ICTs in the agricultural sector in Africa with lessons from Asia with respect to farmers’ access to information and other services that would help improve agricultural productivity, practices, and farmer livelihoods. It suggests that countries should avoid monopoly situations and encourage pluralistic providers to induce competition for higher efficiency and lower costs to consumers.

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  • Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere & Daniel Ayalew Mekonnen, 2012. "The Importance of ICTs in the Provision of Information for Improving Agricultural Productivity and Rural Incomes in Africa," UNDP Africa Policy Notes 2012-015, United Nations Development Programme, Regional Bureau for Africa.
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    1. Muto, Megumi & Yamano, Takashi, 2009. "The Impact of Mobile Phone Coverage Expansion on Market Participation: Panel Data Evidence from Uganda," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 37(12), pages 1887-1896, December.
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    1. Houssou, Nazaire & Chapoto, Anthony & Asante-Addo, Collins, 2016. "Farm transition and indigenous growth: The rise to medium- and large-scale farming in Ghana:," IFPRI discussion papers 1499, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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    Keywords

    Information communication technology; extension; productivity; rural incomes; Africa;

    JEL classification:

    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services

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