Mobile Phone Use by Zimbabwean Smallholder Farmers: A Baseline Study

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dc.contributor.author Musungwini, Samuel
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-04T14:10:41Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-04T14:10:41Z
dc.date.issued 2018-12-07
dc.identifier.citation Musungwini, S. (2018). Mobile phone use by Zimbabwean smallholder farmers: A baseline study. The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), 22, 29-52. https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/26171
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7213 (online version)
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7205 (print version)
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10539/26171
dc.description.abstract This article provides findings from a baseline study on mobile phone use by smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe. The study investigated use of mobile phones by 58 farming households in a village in Zimbabwe’s Midlands Province. Via a survey questionnaire and a focus group discussion, the study found that 100% of the surveyed households identified “asymmetry of information” as a challenge they face in their agricultural activities, and 90% cited “absence of market information” as a challenge. Yet at the same time, the study found low levels of household mobile phone usage, with only 50% of households were found to be using mobile telephony in support of a farming activity. The article concludes with a recommendation for how to close this apparent gap between the smallholder farmers’ felt need for increased agricultural information and, at the same time, their lack of use of mobile telephony to access such information.
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.title Mobile Phone Use by Zimbabwean Smallholder Farmers: A Baseline Study en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.title The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC) en_ZA
ddi.keyword mobile technologies, information and communication technology (ICT), smallholder agriculture, smallholder farmers, spatial arbitrage, time arbitrage
ddi.keyword mobile technologies, information and communication technology (ICT), smallholder agriculture, smallholder farmers, spatial arbitrage, time arbitrage
z.orcid https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2482-0535
dc.description.librarian CA2018 en_ZA
dc.citation.doi https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/26171
dc.citation.epage 52
dc.citation.issue 22 en_ZA
dc.citation.spage 29


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