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Digital technologies for agricultural and rural development in the global south.

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The aim of this book is to share research and practice on current trends in digital technology for agricultural and rural development in the Global South: specifically to bring together the perspectives of academic researchers from diverse disciplines with those of practitioners with experience in implementing mobile applications and agricultural information systems in differing country contexts. ...


Chapter 2 (Page no: 14)

Smartphones supporting monitoring functions: experiences from sweet potato vine distribution in sub-Saharan Africa.

This chapter shares experiences in the use of smartphones to collect monitoring data for sweet potato vine multiplication and dissemination activities in sub-Saharan Africa. An Open Data Kit (ODK) technology is used to collect geo-tagged data, perform error validation, on-site data quality control, capture photos and much more, using Android mobile devices. The chapter outlines how monitoring and evaluation (M&E) personnel from countries across sub-Saharan Africa received training on how to develop the electronic forms and use them for data collection, which, over a period of two years, captured new registration data for 326 vine multipliers in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Mozambique. The case study demonstrates enhanced efficiency and how the ODK system has boosted efforts to standardize the data collection across regions. Constraints related to user take-up and comparative costs are also addressed.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Mobile phone applications for weather and climate information for smallholder farmer decision making. Author(s): Caine, A. Clarke, C. Clarkson, G. Dorward, P.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 25) Customized information delivery for dryland farmers. Author(s): Amit Chakravarty Sumanthkumar, V. V. Patil, M. D.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 34) Mnutrition: experiences and lessons learned in content development. Author(s): Day, C.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 43) Introducing a technology stewardship model to encourage ICT adoption in agricultural communities of practice: reflections on a Canada/Sri Lanka partnership project. Author(s): Gow, G. A.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 54) Reducing transaction costs in contract farming arrangements: the case of farmforce. Author(s): Brugger, F.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 68) Adoption of ICT products and services among rice farmers in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. Author(s): Sala, S. Porro, A. Lubatti, A. Bocchi, S.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 77) The effect of ICTs on agricultural distribution channels in Mexico. Author(s): Lastra-Gil, L. E.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 92) Towards alternate theories of change for M4ARD. Author(s): Kendall, L. Dearden, A.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 104) Mobile for agriculture (m4Agric) services: evidence from East Africa. Author(s): Duncombe, R.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 111) Understanding the impacts of Mobile technology on smallholder agriculture. Author(s): Karanasios, S. Slavova, M.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 123) Farmerline: a for-profit agtech company with a social Mission. Author(s): Senyo, W.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 127) Best practice lessons and sources of Further information. Author(s): Duncombe, R.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • International Potato Center, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2018
  • ISBN
  • 9781786393364
  • Record Number
  • 20183092648