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University of KwaZulu-Natal (2022)

The effect of ICT use in enhancing market participation and household welfare outcomes among smallholder farmers in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

Cebiso, Zodidi.

Titre : The effect of ICT use in enhancing market participation and household welfare outcomes among smallholder farmers in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

Auteur : Cebiso, Zodidi.

Université de soutenance : University of KwaZulu-Natal

Grade : Master of Science in Agriculture (Agricultural Economics) 2022

Résumé partiel
Enhancing the ability of smallholder farmers to actively engage in markets is one of the most pressing development challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite being deemed significant contributors towards the production of various commodities, smallholder farmers have weak linkages to the markets. They are poorly equipped to make sound marketing decisions, partly due to a lack of access to market information. As the agricultural sector becomes more knowledgeintensive, due to the availability of the new information technology there is a greater need for a good information flow and sharing among all agricultural stakeholders. Therefore, since Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are emerging as key source of information on new production technologies, they could contribute immensely to the amelioration of the dearth of information among the poor smallholder farmers along the value chains and could thus link them to profitable markets. The number of mobile phone subscribers in South Africa is increasing daily and most rural households currently own ICT tools. However, the extent to which rural households utilize these technologies for agricultural activities remains unexplored. Therefore, this study adds to the existing literature on the use of ICT amongst smallholder households by examining the effects of its use in enhancing market participation and the household welfare outcomes among smallholder farmers in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Data were collected by using a questionnaire survey from 246 randomly selected smallholder farmers in the Port St John’s Local Municipality. The first objective was to investigate factors influencing the use of ICT by smallholder farmers for accessing market information, by using binary logistic regression. The second objective was to examine the effects of ICT-use on smallholder market participation and the quantity of green mealies sold, by using the double-hurdle model, while the third objective was to assess the effect of market access on the welfare outcomes of smallholder farmers, by using propensity score matching.

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