ICT to enhance the triangle of life : the soil, the seed, and the life-giver farmer

Rehan, Syed & Bandara, Wasana (2012) ICT to enhance the triangle of life : the soil, the seed, and the life-giver farmer. In Lamp, John (Ed.) Proceedings of the 23rd Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, pp. 1-10.

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This paper reports on the outcomes of an ICT enabled social sustainability project “Green Lanka1” trialled in the Wilgamuwa village, which is situated in the Dambulla district of Sri Lanka. The main goals of the project were focused towards the provision of information about market prices, transportation options, agricultural decision support and modern agriculture practices of the farmer communities to improve their livelihood with the effective use of technologies. The project used Web and Mobile (SMS) enabled systems. The Green Lanka project was sponsored by the Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka under the Institutional Capacity Building Programme (ICBP) grant scheme which was sponsored by the World Bank. Six hundred families in Wilgamuwa village participated in the project activities. The project was designed, executed and studied through an Action Research approach. The lessons learned through the project activities provide an important understanding of the complex interaction between different stakeholders in the process of implementation of ICT enabled solutions within digitally divided societies. The paper analyses the processes used to reduce the resistance to change and improved involvement of farmer communities in ICT enabled projects. It also analyses the interaction between stakeholders involved in design and implementation of the project activities to improve the chances of project success.

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ID Code: 59299
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: mobile agriculture information systems, social sustainability, action research, ICT in developing countries
ISBN: 9781741561722
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > OTHER INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (089900) > Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified (089999)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Authors/ACIS
Deposited On: 24 Apr 2013 03:57
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2014 05:47

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