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Digital technologies for agricultural and rural development in the global south.

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The aim of this book is to share research and practice on current trends in digital technology for agricultural and rural development in the Global South: specifically to bring together the perspectives of academic researchers from diverse disciplines with those of practitioners with experience in implementing mobile applications and agricultural information systems in differing country contexts. ...


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Farmerline: a for-profit agtech company with a social Mission.

This chapter presents an overview of Farmerline, a for-profit agtech company in Ghana that is facilitating change through the application of information and communication technology (ICT). The enterprise was founded after Mobile Web Ghana's Apps Competition in 2011, organized by the World Wide Web Foundation, where the two co-founders, Alloysius Attah and Emmanuel Owusu Addai paired to develop a solution to send farming tips to farmers via text messages. Their application was selected winner of the competition and won a prize of US$600, which became the start-up capital for the company. This case study is emblematic of a plethora of new digital start-ups that are creating new opportunities to deploy and exploit ICTs in the agricultural sectors of developing countries.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Mobile phone applications for weather and climate information for smallholder farmer decision making. Author(s): Caine, A. Clarke, C. Clarkson, G. Dorward, P.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 14) Smartphones supporting monitoring functions: experiences from sweet potato vine distribution in sub-Saharan Africa. Author(s): Wanjohi, L. M. Moturi, C. A.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 25) Customized information delivery for dryland farmers. Author(s): Amit Chakravarty Sumanthkumar, V. V. Patil, M. D.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 34) Mnutrition: experiences and lessons learned in content development. Author(s): Day, C.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 43) Introducing a technology stewardship model to encourage ICT adoption in agricultural communities of practice: reflections on a Canada/Sri Lanka partnership project. Author(s): Gow, G. A.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 54) Reducing transaction costs in contract farming arrangements: the case of farmforce. Author(s): Brugger, F.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 68) Adoption of ICT products and services among rice farmers in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. Author(s): Sala, S. Porro, A. Lubatti, A. Bocchi, S.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 77) The effect of ICTs on agricultural distribution channels in Mexico. Author(s): Lastra-Gil, L. E.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 92) Towards alternate theories of change for M4ARD. Author(s): Kendall, L. Dearden, A.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 104) Mobile for agriculture (m4Agric) services: evidence from East Africa. Author(s): Duncombe, R.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 111) Understanding the impacts of Mobile technology on smallholder agriculture. Author(s): Karanasios, S. Slavova, M.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 127) Best practice lessons and sources of Further information. Author(s): Duncombe, R.

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