"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.
On 31 of May 2014, the online magazine “Weekly Trust” published “Mobile tech can transform Nigerian agriculture”, written by Amina Alhassan.
In this article, the author interviews Nasir Yammama, a young and promising IT from Malumfashi, Katsina State, Nigeria, who has recently developed an agronomy...
A new book, "Mobile Phones for Agricultural Extension: Worldwide mAgri Innovations and Promise for Future", has been written by Dr. Saravanan Raj, Associate professor in Extension Education and Rural Sociology in the College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University (CAU),...
Last week USAID published “Mobile Persuasion: Can mobile phones and cutting-edge behavioral science improve lives?”, a blog by Priya Jaisinghani, Director of USAID Mobile Solutions team, and Mindy Hernandez, Behavioral Research Specialist for USAID Mozambique.
Nowadays there is an ever increasing...
WeatherSafe, a start-up by European Space Agency (ESA) business incubator, has just released three new products that will help coffee stakeholders (from the farmer to the government) to protect and improve their farming.
Behind the curtains of WeatherSafe Coffee there is a 'big data architecture',...
Due to low productivity and therefore low income, in developing countries agriculture is less and less attractive to youth: many times young people are forced to migrate to urban areas in search of better employment opportunities, leaving the responsibility of taking care of the fields to elder...
On February 25th, GSM Association’s “Mobile Money for the Unbanked” Program (MMU) released the “State of the Industry Report 2013”, written by Claire Pénicaud and Arunjay Katakam.
As a matter of fact, according to World Bank’s Global Findex, in low-income economies only 22% of rural residents have...
We often talk about new apps for agriculture here on e-Agriculture.org and, by now, have covered quite a number of applications specifically designed to help farmers; some connect farmers to the market, others help the fight against counterfeited agricultural inputs, and others still support...
ScieDevNet, on December 10th 2013, published on their website “Radio, mobile phones could boost African farm yields”, an article on the potential of ICTs (specifically, Radio and mobile phone systems) as a tool for improving agricultural production.
As a matter of fact, at present there are many...
Sometimes, the best way to learn and connect with a specific topic is through stories. We can be aware that mobile phones are one of the world's most powerful tools, but we will know in what ways when we see, hear or read the story of a farmer who's livelihood was improved by the use of this tool...
How can we increase a farmer’s resilience to climate risks? One of the most widely used (and most cost-effective) tools in the hands of stakeholders is mobile telephony: for instance, through mobile phones, farmers can receive up-to-date agriculture and climate related information.
But if we...
As of today, an individual working on a small-scale farm in a developing country can benefit from an ever increasing number of mobile applications and tools which would allow them to connect with buyers, sellers, experts, and so forth. Though, it is equally clear that tools per se are not enough...
A new Mobile for Agriculture application has been released: iFarma, recently launched by the Greek company Agrostis, is a farm management application specifically designed for mobile devices.
iFarm rappresent the first agricultural mobile application entirely in Greek.
The aim of the...
In sub-Saharan Africa, a number of startup companies are selling pay-as-you-go solar energy kits. The customers can pay an up-front fee of about $10 for a solar charger kit that includes a two- to five-watt solar panel and a control unit that powers LED lights and charges devices such as mobile...
On December 1st 2013 The World Bank published “ICT for data collection and monitoring and evaluation: opportunities and guidance on mobile applications for forest and agricultural sectors”, a study aiming to assist Monitor and Evaluation (M&E) stakeholders and data collectors in choosing right...
Mobile technology is the ICT with the highest growth rate in developing countries, to the point that more people have access to mobile telephony than toilets [Source: water.org]. In the development sector, stakeholders have realized the great potential of such inexpensive and efficient...