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ICTs for Agriculture in Africa

ACCESS TO INFORMATION ACTION PLAN ADOPTION OF ICT AGRICULTURAL INFORMATION AGRICULTURAL INFORMATION SERVICES AGRICULTURAL KNOWLEDGE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AGRICULTURE APPLICATION OF INFORMATION AQUACULTURE BACKUP BARCODE BASIC BEST PRACTICE BEST PRACTICES BROADBAND BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY BUSINESS MODELS BUSINESSES CODES COMMODITIES COMMODITY COMMUNICATION NETWORKS COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE COMMUNITIES COMPETITIVENESS COMPUTER TRAINING CONNECTIVITY CONSUMER DEMAND CONTENT PROVIDERS CROPS DATA SECURITY DECISION MAKING DISASTER RECOVERY DRAINAGE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EDUCATORS ENABLING ENVIRONMENT END USERS EQUIPMENT EXPORT MARKETS EXTENSION FARMS FERTILIZERS FINANCIAL SERVICES FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOOD PRICES FOOD PROCESSING FOOD PRODUCTION FUNCTIONALITIES FUNCTIONALITY GENDER GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS GOVERNMENT SERVICES GPS HARDWARE HUMAN CAPACITY ICT IMAGING INCOMES INFORMATION SECURITY INFORMATION SERVICES INFORMATION SYSTEM INFORMATION SYSTEMS INNOVATION INNOVATIONS INTEGRATION INTERFACE INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS INVENTORY KNOWLEDGE SHARING LABORATORIES LEARNING LITERACY LIVESTOCK MARKET PRICE MARKETING MEDIA MINISTRIES OF AGRICULTURE MOBILE APPLICATIONS MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS MOBILE DEVICES MOBILE PHONE MOBILE PHONES NETWORKING NUMBER OF USERS NUTRITION ONLINE COMMERCE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS PASTORALISTS PCS PENETRATION RATES POVERTY ALLEVIATION PRIVATE SECTOR PRODUCTIVITY RADIO RADIO FREQUENCY RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION REGULATORY SYSTEMS RESULT RESULTS RETAIL PRICES RFID RURAL DEVELOPMENT SATELLITE SCANNERS SCANNING SCIENTISTS SERVICE PROVIDERS SMART CARD SOFTWARE COMPONENTS SUBSISTENCE FARMERS TAGGING TECHNOLOGICAL SUPPORT TELECENTRES TELECOMMUNICATIONS TELEPHONE TELEPHONE CONNECTIVITY TRACEABILITY TRAINING INSTITUTES TRANSACTION USER USER EXPERIENCE USES VALUE CHAIN VALUE CHAINS WATER RESOURCES WEALTH CREATION WEB WEB PAGES
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | Africa
2014-07-28T22:02:33Z | 2014-07-28T22:02:33Z | 2014-01

The strategic application of information and communications technology (ICT) to the agricultural industry, the largest economic sector in most African countries, offers the best opportunity for economic growth and poverty alleviation on the continent. Food security is paramount for the survival of individuals, families, and ultimately nations, yet Africa's agriculture sector has been in decline over the past 40 years. African agriculture is predominantly rain-fed, has low-yielding production, and lacks access to critical information, market facilitation, and financial intermediation services. The role that ICT can play in addressing these challenges is increasing as personal ICT devices such as mobile phones or tablet are becoming more widely available. ICT, when embedded in broader stakeholder systems, can bring economic development and growth as it can help bridge critical knowledge gaps. Mobile technology, on the other hand, is increasingly being adopted as the technology of choice for delivery of ICT services and solutions. The wider adoption of ICT in agriculture is of strategic importance to five main stakeholder groups: businesses; farmers; researchers; government; and citizens. In identifying the ways in which ICT can help agriculture, it is useful to view the farming life cycle as a three-stage process: pre-cultivation; crop cultivation and harvesting; and crop cultivation and harvesting.

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