ICT-based market information and adoption of agricultural seed technologies: Insights from Uganda

Barnabas Kiiza, Glenn Pederson

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Abstract

Access to ICT-based market information is crucial to the adoption of agricultural seed technologies for maize, beans and groundnut and to improve smallholder farmer yields and income. This ICT-based market information is provided by FM radio stations and by market information centers through media such as mobile phones and internet facilities, etc. Factors that positively affect the probability of access to ICT-based market information include access to microfinance loans, membership in a farmer association, government awareness campaigns, and wealth. Distance to the trading centers or district capital negatively affects this access. The likelihood of access to ICT-based market information declines with female-headed households. Access to market information has a positive and significant impact on the intensity of adopting improved seed for all crops. Adoption of improved seed has a positive and significant effect on farm yields and gross farm returns. This research shows that in order to generate meaningful improvements in food security and farm incomes, there must be commensurate efforts to promote ICT-based market information along with yield-augmenting agricultural seed technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-259
Number of pages7
JournalTelecommunications Policy
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2012

Keywords

  • Agricultural technology
  • Impact evaluation
  • Market information

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