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Agriculture market information services (AMIS) in the least developed countries (LDCs): nature, scope, and challenges
Örebro University, Swedish Business School at Örebro University. (ICT4D)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7907-6037
Örebro University, Swedish Business School at Örebro University. (ICT4D)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3713-346X
2010 (English)In: Electronic government / [ed] Maria A.Wimmer, Jean-Loup Chappelet, Marijn Janssen, Hans J. Scholl, Berlin, Germany: Springer , 2010, p. 109-120Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Rural growth is seen as an engine to drive the economy ofdeveloping countries and the use of Agriculture Market Information Services(AMIS) is believed to enable this growth. This paper is based on a literaturestudy and investigates the spread and use of AMIS in the least developedcountries (n=49) in terms of users, management, funding, infrastructure, anddata. We investigate success as well as failure aspects, and discuss the role ofnew technologies. Findings show that while new technologies can improvedissemination of information, collecting data economically and meeting highquality requirements remains major challenges. The study contributes byproviding a comprehensive view of the challenges of AMIS in developingcountries and an AMIS project evaluation matrix (IS-PEM) based on thefindings, which together contribute to improving the design of future projects.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin, Germany: Springer , 2010. p. 109-120
Series
Lecture Notes in Computer Science ; 6228
Keyword [en]
ICT4D, AMIS, agricultural market information systems, LDCs, Rural Development, IS Project Evaluation Matrix (IS-PEM)
National Category
Information Systems Human Aspects of ICT
Research subject
Informatics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-12301DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-14799-9_10ISI: 000286404000010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-78049337459ISBN: 978-3-642-14798-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-12301DiVA: diva2:358470
Conference
9th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference, EGOV 2010, Lausanne, Switzerland, August 29-September 2, 2010
Available from: 2010-10-22 Created: 2010-10-22 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Creating opportunity by connecting the unconnected: mobile phone based agriculture market information service for farmers in Bangladesh
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Creating opportunity by connecting the unconnected: mobile phone based agriculture market information service for farmers in Bangladesh
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis is framed within the research area of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), which is concerned with how ICT can make a difference to the lives of the poor. This study focuses primarily on mobile phones and how they can be used as part of an Agriculture Market Information Service (AMIS) in order to provide crucial information to farmers in Bangladesh. AMIS principally collect, manage and disseminate agricultural market prices and related information through various processes and media. These services are mainly used by farmers. The research question of how mobile phone-based AMIS can be designed and deployed in order to improve opportunities for farmers in Bangladesh is investigated through a design science research approach in four steps; understanding the scope and challenges related to AMIS in least developed countries; diagnosing the situational realities of farmers of Bangladesh; understanding the process of adopting mobile phones and investigating market information practices and preferences in a rural context; and finally designing and implementing a mobile phone based AMIS and evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of it for the farmers of Bangladesh. In this thesis, development is viewed in terms of bringing about an in-crease in farmers’ capability set directed towards the utilization of resources for the purpose of production and trade. Information and knowledge are important drivers of development and poverty reduction: ICT can create new opportunities to expand the availability, exchange, and impact of information and knowledge. This thesis contributes to ICT4D research and practice through empirical findings, the design of an AMIS, test results, and the development of analytical tools. Its major contributions include an increased understanding of farmers’ attitudes and preferences towards the use of technology in general, and mobile phones in particular, and a broader understanding of ICT for human development in the context of poor rural regions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2011. p. 185
Series
Örebro Studies in Informatics ; 4
Keyword
ICT4D, agriculture market information service, design science research, mobile phones, farmers, technology acceptance, artifact design, Bangladesh, least developed countries
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Informatics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-17216 (URN)978-91-7668-822-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-11-10, Hörsal Bio, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15 (English)
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Informatics or ICT4D
Available from: 2011-09-12 Created: 2011-09-12 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved

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