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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment

Digital Technologies for Agricultural and Rural Development in the Global South

Digital Technologies for Agricultural and Rural Development in the Global South

Edited by R Duncombe, Global Development Institute, UK

April 2018 / Hardback / 164 Pages / 9781786393364 £95.00 / €125.00 / $160.00
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Main Description

This book shares research and practice on current trends in digital technology for agricultural and rural development in the Global South. Growth of research in this field has been slower than the pace of change for practitioners, particularly in bringing socio-technical views of information technology and agricultural development perspectives together. The contents are therefore structured around three main themes: sharing information and knowledge for agricultural development, information and knowledge intermediaries, and facilitating change in agricultural systems and settings.

The book includes:
-Views from diverse academic disciplines as well as practitioners with experience of implementing mobile applications and agriculture information systems in differing country contexts.
-Case studies from a range of developing countries and information from across the public and private sector.
-A set of practitioner guidelines for successful implementation of digital technologies.

With contributions reaching beyond just a technological perspective, the book also provides a consideration of social and cultural factors and new forms of organization and institutional change in agricultural and rural settings. An invaluable read for researchers in international development, socio-economics and agriculture, it forms a useful resource for practitioners working in the area.


Suitable for researchers and students in international development, socio-economics, agriculture.

  • Section 1: Creating and Sharing Knowledge
  • 1: Mobile Phone Applications for Weather and Climate Information for Smallholder Farmer Decision Making
  • 2: Smartphones Supporting Monitoring Functions: Experiences from Sweet Potato Vine Distribution in sub-Saharan Africa
  • 3: Customized Information Delivery for Dryland Farmers
  • 4: mNutrition: Experiences and Lessons Learned in Content Development
  • Section 2: Information and Knowledge Intermediaries
  • 5: Introducting a Technology Stewardship Model to Encourage ICT Adoption in Agricultural Communities of Practice: Reflections on a Canada/Sri Lanka Partnership Project
  • 6: Reducing Transaction Costs in Contract Farming Arrangements: the Case of Farmforce
  • 7: Adoption of ICT Products and Services among Rice Farmers in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone
  • 8: The Effect of ICTs on Agricultural Distribution Channels in Mexico
  • Section 3: Facilitating Change in Agricultural Systems
  • 9: Towards Alternate Theories of Change for M4ARD
  • 10: Mobile for Agriculture (m4Agric) Services: Evidence from East Africa
  • 11: Understanding the Impacts of Mobile Technology on Smallholder Agriculture
  • 12: Farmerline: a For-profit Agtech Company with a Social Mission
  • 13: Best Practice Lessons and Sources of Further Information

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Duncombe - Richard Duncombe completed a Masters in Economics and Innovation at the Science Policy Research Unit (University of Sussex) where he also worked as a Research Officer. He took his PhD at the University of Manchester within the Global development Institute (GDI). Previous to this Richard lived and worked in Africa working in the field of ICT4D (information and communication technologies for development) in Tanzania and Botswana for most of the 1990s before moving to the University of Manchester as a Lecturer in 2000. Richard works at the Centre for Development Informatics (CDI) the largest academic group dedicated to ICT4D work in the UK.