communications technology Archives — LIRNEasia

Sri Lanka agriculture could do with dose of IT – LANKA BUSINESS ONLINE Greater use of information technology in Sri Lanka’s largely subsistence agriculture sector will help both farmers and consumers alike by reducing costs, a researcher has said. Harsha De Silva, lead economist at LIRNEasia, a think tank, said a system using IT that addresses the information needs from the decision making phase through the growth and sale of agricultural products will help balance the welfare of both consumers and farmers. “ICT (information and communications technology) can be used to reduce the information and observable transaction costs to create efficiencies in agricultural markets,” de Silva said. “And if we can create efficiencies in agricultural markets, we can create welfare on both sides of the equation,” he told a recent seminar on the role of ICT in agriculture. “The core will definitely have to be a system that marries the decision-making and selling and that is where ICT will take agriculture markets from this point on and that is where we see some variants of commodity exchanges developing.
UNCTAD has released “Manual for the Production of Statistics on the Information Economy” which it claims to be a reference for national statistical offices and other producers of official statistics on business use of information and communications technology (ICT).   The Manual provides a guide to data collection and analysis, international standards, and definitions.  It also offers model questions for surveys on ICT use, and it reviews important institutional issues related to compiling ICT statistics. Download it free.