This study adds to the empirical evidence of information and communication technology (ICT) use by smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The study draws on qualitative data collected from eight focus groups segmented by gender and consisting of adult farmers in two villages in central Mozambique. Special attention was given to the types of ICTs that farmers have access to and the dissemination of agriculture information through various ICTs. Findings indicate that the characteristics of ICTs explain why cell phone and radio use is prevalent, while access to television remains limited. The type of information accessed also varied by ICT type, implying that innovation characteristics affect not only their diffusion, but practical use. Drawing from the Diffusion of Innovations theory, the characteristics and extent of use for each ICT were examined to understand ICT diffusion better.
Freeman, Kathlee, and Fridah Mubichi. 2017. "ICT Use by Smallholder Farmers in Rural Mozambique: A Case Study of Two Villages in Central Mozambique." Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 32(2): Article 1. Available at: https://egrove.olemiss.edu/jrss/vol32/iss2/1