Agricultural Service Delivery Through Mobile Phones: Local Innovation and Technological Opportunities in Kenya

In: F.W. Gatzweiler and J. von Braun (eds.): Technological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development. Springer. pp. 143-159

20 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2017

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Heike Baumüller

Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn

Date Written: February 20, 2016

Abstract

The rapid spread of mobile phones across the developing world offers opportunities to improve service delivery for small-scale farmers. International and local companies have already started to capitalize on these opportunities although many mobile phone-enabled services are still at an early stage. Kenya has emerged as a leader in m-service development in Sub-Saharan Africa. This chapter assesses the key factors that have helped the local innovation scene to emerge and reviews existing agricultural m-services that provide Kenyan farmers with access to information and learning, financial services, and input and output markets. The potential impact of m-services is illustrated with the example of the price and marketing service M-Farm. Finally, the chapter assesses current mobile technology trends to offer an outlook on potential future applications.

Keywords: Mobile phone, Kenya, M-service, Innovation, Smallholder farmer

JEL Classification: Q13, Q16, O13, O33

Suggested Citation

Baumüller, Heike, Agricultural Service Delivery Through Mobile Phones: Local Innovation and Technological Opportunities in Kenya (February 20, 2016). In: F.W. Gatzweiler and J. von Braun (eds.): Technological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development. Springer. pp. 143-159. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2762134

Heike Baumüller (Contact Author)

Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn ( email )

Genscherallee 3
Bonn, NRW 53113
Germany

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