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Evaluating Mobile Info Channels for Indian Farmers

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This slidecast outlines findings from a large-scale study carried out by the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations.  Sanjay Gandhi, Gaurav Tripathi, and Dr. Surabhi Mittal interviewed 200 small scale farmers to highlight the best uses of mobiles to support agricultural productivity. 

The authors organized 17 focus groups over four months across India, and conducted 46 individual interviews with subsistence farmers. In total, they spoke to 200 people, living in villages where both mobile services and agricultural information sources are available. Farmers grew a wide of crops and average household incomes varied. The researchers partnered with organizations that provided agricultural information services linked to mobile phones.

For a quick overview of the results watch our slidecast below (5.04) or read the complete article in the mDirectory.

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