ICT Adoption For Bridging South African Black Farmers’ Knowledge Gap

Olabode Samuel Akinsola

Abstract


South Africa’s post-apartheid Black farmers, commonly referred to nowadays as emerging farmers, need knowledge support to be successful in agricultural productions. An ICT-based knowledge support can assist in increasing access to their agricultural knowledge. However, bridging the knowledge gap using ICT will involve addressing ICT-related infrastructures provision challenges. In this paper, challenges hampering agricultural support provision in South Africa, particularly amongst emerging farmers in the quest to expand beyond subsistence farming, are discussed. It also addresses the need for the provision of a sustainable ICT-based knowledge support infrastructure, which would enable bi-directional interaction amongst agricultural stakeholders.

Keywords


ICT Agriculture, Agricultural Knowledge Provision, Knowledge Support, Emerging Farmers

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