Mobile phones have reached some of the most remote parts of the globe. Their rapid spread offers opportunities to improve the lives of small-scale farmers across the developing world. Indeed, companies have already started to capitalize on this trend by using mobile phones to help farmers to access...
The use of ICTs is becoming a crucial tool for farmers in Kenya. They are called “telephone farmers” and they are making use of a growing number of technologies and platforms to improve the choice and the management of the crops.
New technologies meet the needs emerging from the urbanization trend...
This paper establishes the relationship between the rural development in India and the social media networks. The area of rural development in India is as multi- faceted as the country itself and by and large media has affected almost every aspect of rural development. The paper extends the...
The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations are organising an e-forum on “Sustainable Development Goals: The Impact of Access to Information...
Information technology is helping African farmers to become more efficient and they can't get enough of it.
That is the conclusion of a special agriculture section in this year's eLearning Africa Report, an annual review of the impact of technology on education and development.
The Report shows...
The European Journal of Development Research (EJDR), published by Palgrave Macmillan Journals on behalf the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), has published the article "Mobile Phones for Agricultural and Rural Development: A Literature Review and...
Agriculture continues to be the most important sector of the Indian economy and agriculture is a more or less a compulsion for livelihood of millions of farmers. Land and water resources have almost reached their limits, price of commodities are fluctuating almost every day, profits are...
Instant advice on fertilizer dose to farmers: Smartphone app from India
MITRA© (meaning as Friend) has become the latest addition to the smart phone Apps market for Agro information that can provide farmers with advice on exact dose fertilizer for their particular needs. The Mobile Application...
Thanks to the increasingly ease of use of ICTs and the overall reduction of cost of technology, the application of ICTs is becoming mature in a myriad of different sectors connected to global development initiatives. Whether a few years ago such applications were the domain of single pioneers from...
The journal "World Development", by Elsevier, has published the article "Mobile Phones and Farmers’ Marketing Decisions in Ethiopia" (Vol. 68, pp. 296–307, 2015), an interesting article by researchers Getaw Tadesse and Godfrey Bahiigwa which aims to asses the real influence that the use of mobile...
Mobile for Development, by the GSM Association (GSMA), has published on 4 November 2014 the "Digital Inclusion Report 2014".
Although the progresses made in the last several years, the rural digital divide remains a major issue: according to the latest statistics by the International...
We are very excited to hold the first ever Technology Innovations Forum – Creating a More Sustainable and Responsible Seafood Industry in Asia in Bangkok, Thailand on January 22 and 23 2015.
Attendees from all over Asia and with an interest in sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in Asia are...
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has published "Integrating Mobiles into Development Project", an interesting handbook prepared by FHI 360 and OpenRevolution, and written by Josh Woodard, Jordan Weinstock, and Nicholas Lesher.
The handbook, which consists of two sections, "...
Thanks to the support of the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Mobile for Development Utilities Innovation Fund - part of GSMA's "Mobile for Development Utilities Programme" - will provide up to an additional £3.2M in grants.
More specifically, the objectives of the Mobile for...
In order to promote the use of technology as a tool for solving the “world’s most pressing problems”, Google has launched the 2014 edition of the Google Impact Challenge | UK.
This initiative is an opportunity for British charities to receive funds and support from Google and Nesta… for their...
"India and China: A Comparative Analysis of Mobile Phones in Agriculture" is a Master thesis defended by its author Prashanthi Bonthu in February 2014 at The University of Kansas, USA.
The aim of this study is to compare Indian and Chinese policies and programs designed to encourage sales and use...
Information and Communication Technologies for Development always look for most accessible and remote solutions to provide best possible support to users. The user base under concern with such technologies is not ideal and often limited by multiple factors. As a result, only some technologies end...
On 18 July 2014, in the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India, will be held the mBillionth Award 2014 Grand Event.
The event, organized by the Digital Empowerment Foundation, aims to explore, recognize and honor the best practices in Mobile and Telecom Industry across 8 South Asian countries:...
Agriculture is the main source of income and employment for 70% of the world’s poor living in rural areas. Yet, access to crucial farming information and technologies such as weather forecasts, planting information and market prices remains a critical issue.
GSMA mWomen and GSMA mAgri have...
While digital financial services via mobile channels offer great promise for improving the lives of smallholders and their families, significant challenges remain.