Harsha de Silva, LIRNEasia’s Lead Economist, presented a paper at the 27th IAAE conference in Beijing yesterday (19 August 2009). His paper entitled “Role of ICT in Linking Farmers to Markets a transaction costs perspective from Sri Lanka“, based on findings from LIRNEasia’s AgInfo study, was presented at a min-symposium titled, “Role of ICT in linking smallholder farmers to markets: What do we know?”
The presentation was well-received and a long discussion ensued on how South Asia has been able to successfully provide affordable mobile phone services at the BOP so that ICT can play an effective role in agriculture. The presentation can be downloaded here.
The other papers presented at the symposium are below:
- Maumbe, Blessing & Julius Okello: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Uses in Agriculture and Rural Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Experiences from South Africa and Kenya
- Aker, Jenny: The digital provide: The role of mobile phones in improving efficiency of grain marketing in Niger (presented by Muto Megumi)
- Okello, Julius, Edith Ofwona-Adera and O.L.E Mbatia: Using ICT to integrate smallholder farmers into agricultural value chain: The case of DrumNet in Kenya
- Al Hassan, Ramatu and Julius Okello: The eARN project: Goals, status, and the way forward.