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Promoting value chain in agriculture

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This paper adresses the issue of value chains for smallholder farmers in India and the possible solutions, including the use of ICTs. Agricultural value chains encompass the flow of products, knowledge and information between smallholder farmers and consumers. In India, smallholder farmers receive a very small percentage of the price paid by the final consumer for their produce. Most of the added value goes in the pockets of the middlemen, with smallholders finally getting 25% to 30% of the share of the final price paid by the consumer, compared to 50-70% in western countries. ICTs can help in getting a fairer share to the farmers. Thanks to ICTs, smallholders can get price information, get access to credit, or receive mobile payments for their produce, thus eliminating the need for middlemen and obtain a fairer share for their produce.

Read the State Times article here