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Mobile-based climate services impact on farmers risk management ability in India

Author: Mittal, S.
Author: Hariharan, V.K.
Year: 2018
ISSN: 2212-0963
ISSN: ISSN: 2212-0963
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10883/19782
Descriptors: Technology
Descriptors: Farmers
Descriptors: India
Abstract: The climate service advisory was piloted in two states of India – Haryana and Bihar – covering 46 villages. Households were randomly selected in these villages to receive voice-based messages on individual farmers’ mobile phones during the project period 2013–2015. The messages had content related to weather, seed varieties, climate-smart agricultural practices (CSAPs), efficient utilization of agricultural inputs, pests, and weed and nutrient management. In this context, this paper analyzes the listening rate of the messages by the individual farmers over the span of two years. The paper also analyzes and describes the process of change of farmers’ ability to use the information in the messages to improve the awareness and then further convert the information into economic gains. The paper does so in the framework of a conceptual model that highlights the process of change – information use, if facilitated by enabling factors, has the potential to create outputs which can be measured as benefits (monetary and change in level of awareness). It is believed that mobile-phone enabled agro-advisory services have the potential to reduce information gaps and generate awareness about improved technologies which leads to improved adoption of technology. Through the pilot study, we show how climate services helped in enhancing farmers’ awareness about the CSAPs.
Language: English
Publisher: Elsevier
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Type: Article
Place: United Kingdom
Pages: 40-51
Journal: Climate Risk Management
Journal volume: 22
DOI: 10.1016/j.crm.2018.08.003
Keywords: Mobile Phones
Keywords: Climate Services
Keywords: Impact of ICT
Keywords: Listening Rate
Agrovoc: CLIMATIC DATA
Agrovoc: WEATHER HAZARDS
Agrovoc: COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
Agrovoc: AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
Agrovoc: CLIMATIC DATA
Agrovoc: WEATHER HAZARDS
Agrovoc: COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
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