The Developmental Contribution from Mobile Phones Across the Agricultural Value Chain in Rural Africa « The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries

  • The Developmental Contribution from Mobile Phones Across the Agricultural Value Chain in Rural Africa « The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries – Bjorn Furuholt and Edmund Matotay provide a study on the impacts of mobile telephony throughout the agricultural value chain in rural Tanzania. They identify five dimensions of mobile phone use, namely access to timely information, more transparent and efficient markets, advance warning, access to services such as mobile banking, and facilitated communication and coordination. These differ in salience throughout the year. Mobile phone use is linked to improved information quality, with some farmers cross-checking e.g. price information, resulting in improved bargaining power. Coordination is facilitated, in particular improving the supply of labor and farming tools; in some cases, farmers collaborate to e.g. rent tractors together, benefiting from economies of scale. Access to information about the weather, road conditions, and communication with relatives also decreases vulnerabilities.

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The Developmental Contribution from Mobile Phones Across the Agricultural Value Chain in Rural Africa « The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries

  • The Developmental Contribution from Mobile Phones Across the Agricultural Value Chain in Rural Africa « The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries – Bjorn Furuholt and Edmund Matotay provide a study on the impacts of mobile telephony throughout the agricultural value chain in rural Tanzania. They identify five dimensions of mobile phone use, namely access to timely information, more transparent and efficient markets, advance warning, access to services such as mobile banking, and facilitated communication and coordination. These differ in salience throughout the year. Mobile phone use is linked to improved information quality, with some farmers cross-checking e.g. price information, resulting in improved bargaining power. Coordination is facilitated, in particular improving the supply of labor and farming tools; in some cases, farmers collaborate to e.g. rent tractors together, benefiting from economies of scale. Access to information about the weather, road conditions, and communication with relatives also decreases vulnerabilities.

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