Information, market creation and agricultural growth

Dr Arjunan Subramanian, University of Glasgow

Start Date: 01 November 2012   |   End Date: 31 October 2016

Project webpage
Research Councils UK project page

The role of information and communication technology (ICT) in economic development has become a much contested topic over the last decade.

Although anecdotes exist about the impact of information provided through ICT, we know little about the effects of providing real-time information to farmers on productivity, farm incomes, changes in agricultural practices, and reduction in transaction costs. Some fear that with ICT, technological disparity will arise, and existing socio-economic inequality and poverty will be further exacerbated.  

This project will investigate the impact of ICT on rural welfare in the Indian state of Karnataka by giving selected farmers from some villages new information on key agricultural related services. Data from surveys and randomised experiments will be used to study the impact of information dissemination on agricultural practices, household incomes, social network, risk coping mechanism and caste disparity.