Participation in ICT-based market information projects, smallholder farmers’ commercialisation, and agricultural income effects: findings from Kenya

Agricultural projects that use information and communication technologies (ICT) to provide market information have increased considerably in developing countries in the last decade. These projects aim to strengthen smallholder farmers’ linkage to input and output markets. This article examines the impact of such projects on smallholder farmers’ input and output commercialisation, and household income, using propensity score matching technique and data collected from farmers in Kenya. The study finds that participation in ICT-based projects increases farmers’ participation in input and output markets, and their household income. The article highlights the implications of these findings for ICT policy and practice.

Citation: Okello, J.J.; Kirui, O.; Gitonga, Z. (2020). Participation in ICT-based market information projects, smallholder farmers’ commercialisation, and agricultural income effects: findings from Kenya. Development in Practice ISSN 1364-9213. Published online 14May2020.
2020-09-02
FOOD SYSTEMS, IMPACT ASSESSMENT, SOCIAL AND NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES SNS
Africa, Eastern Africa
Kenya

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