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Innovative Farmer Advisory Services Using ICT

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Abstract: Over the past 10 years, there has been a remarkable progress in the use of ICT in African agriculture, especially in the area of farmers’ access to market information. Various projects have been developed that integrate ICTs into the dissemination of agricultural information to farmers. Farmers Information Services at the national and regional level are a promising new field of research and application in the emerging field of e-agriculture. This paper discusses several innovative projects using ICTs to deliver information to farmers, focussing its analysis largely on mobile telephony, which has become more widespread recently as a means of disseminating agricultural information to farmers and offers various means of providing agricultural information in areas where internet infrastructure is limited and unreliable. It draws its findings from The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)’s Inventory of Innovative Farmer Advisory Services using ICT, that was compiled of all known innovative farmer advisory services or systems currently in design, in existence or recently completed in Africa. [...]