Linking African Farmers to Markets (eARN Africa)

Studies suggest that information and communication technologies (ICTs) are of some benefit to farmers, but how effective they are in linking small farmers to wider markets remains unknown. There are knowledge gaps concerning the factors conditioning farmers' adoption of ICTs, farmers' benefits from ICTs, drivers of success or failure, and best practices for achieving desired development outcomes. This project (eAgriculture Network for Africa - eARN Africa) will study the effectiveness of electronically mediated interventions in linking African farmers to markets and promoting household food security. The study will focus on smallholders in Bénin, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi and Uganda, where such interventions exist. In each country, researchers will gather both quantitative and qualitative data on 340 farmers stratified by participation in electronic market information services. The findings will be used to inform the scale-up and extension of successful interventions and the re-design of those that failed.

Project ID

105295

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

End Date

Friday, June 22, 2012

Duration

24 months

IDRC Officer

Adera, Edith Ofwona

Total funding

CA$ 1,235,470

Countries

North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Uganda

Project Leader

Narathius Asingwire, PhD

Project Leader

Dr. Julius Okello

Institution

University of Nairobi

Institution Country

Kenya

Institution Website

http://www.uonbi.ac.ke