In the present era of information technology, no substantial progress in any field is possible without information and communication technology (ICT). In a country like India where the economic fate of the society rests on the improvement in the lot of rural people, who are directly and indirectly depend on agriculture and agro-based industry, a right ICT intervention that could assist agricultural extension in efficient technology transfer and implementation of development programmes to elevate the livelihoods of poor rural families has become prerequisite. It will likely have significant impacts on uplifting agriculture – enhancing agricultural production, better marketing and post-harvest activities, fostering agro-entrepreneurship and above all generating self-employment opportunities, which, in turn, can contribute to poverty reduction.
By focusing on how agricultural extension can use ICTs for improving rural livelihoods, we need to move beyond narrow understandings of agriculturally specific ICT applications.
This book intends to provide essential information on most important aspect of how ICT can be used to ameliorate the gloomy lot of rural poor. It focuses not only on the benefits but also, by and large, the constraints that can be encountered. We hope that this book will be really helpful to the extensionists, agriculture scientists, farmers, stakeholders, agri-business entrepreneurs as well as students
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