Using ICT to Integrate Smallholder Farmers into Agricultural Value Chain: the Case of DrumNet Project in Kenya.

Abstract

This article examines an ICT-based intervention (known as the DrumNet project) that has succeeded in integrating smallholder-resource and poor farmers into a higher value agricultural chain. The article assesses the design of the project, and how it resolves the smallholder farmers’ idiosyncratic market failures and examines member-farmers’ marketing margins. The article finds that the design of the DrumNet project resolves smallholder farmers’ credit, insurance and information market failures and enables them to overcome organizational failure. The article concludes that successful ICT-based interventions for integrating farmers into higher value agricultural value chains require an integrated approach to tackling smallholder farmers’ constraints. The findings have implications for the design of future ICT-based interventions in agriculture.

Citation

Okello, J. J.; Ofwona-Adera, E.; Mbatia, O. L. E.; Okello, R. M. Using ICT to Integrate Smallholder Farmers into Agricultural Value Chain: the Case of DrumNet Project in Kenya. International Journal of ICT Research and Development in Africa 1 (1) 23-37. [DOI:10.4018/jictrda.2010010102]

Using ICT to Integrate Smallholder Farmers into Agricultural Value Chain: the Case of DrumNet Project in Kenya.

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