DIGITAL DIVIDE ON AGRICULTURE USING ICT DEVICES AMONG THE FARMERS IN WOLAITA ZONE, SOUTHERN ETHIOPIA
Impact of New Technologies
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Słowa kluczowe: ICT tools, knowledge and information, digital divide, Ethiopian farmers, developing countries
Streszczenie Understanding the Digital Divide in Agriculture with the advent of the computer has been providing Information Technology with ICT tools have been providing many digital revolutions not only agribusiness but also agriculture. Information and Communication Technologies have been widely acknowledged as practical means of sharing knowledge and information, thus contributing to socioeconomic growth, especially in rural areas of developing countries. The study's main objectives are to analyze the farmers' existing situations in the study area of the Ethiopian context and to identify the digital divide challenges hindering the ICT utilization among the farmers in developing countries contexts. Both traditional and modern ICT tools have greatly helped the farmers' stakeholders access these sources of information in different means. Therefore, information and Communication Technologies are vital resources for enabling poor farmers to make an informed decision regarding their farming activities, especially in the rural areas of developing countries. Therefore, the study highlights the use of ICT tools for agriculture development and production among the farmers in the study area.
Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension, College of Agriculture, Wolaita Sodo University, SNNPR, Ethiopia