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International Journal of Political Science and Development

Vol. 3(1), pp. 3039, January, 2015.  

DOI: 10.14662/IJPSD2015.001

ISSN: 2360-784X

 

 

Research Paper

 

 

The Role of ICT for Good Governance and Agricultural Development in Ethiopia: Local Evidence from Southern Ethiopia

 

Mohammed Yimer

 

Department of Civic and Ethical Studies, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Arba Minch University, Ethiopia.

Email: muhamed_yimer@yahoo.com

 

Accepted 14 January 2015

 

Abstract

 

An attempt is made to identify the critical role of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for promoting Good Governance and Agricultural Development in the context of southern Ethiopia. Active citizen participation, the provision of high-quality service delivery, influence on government decision-making and execution, the improvement of government-citizen relationship, and the creation of transparency, are among the indispensable roles that ICT can play. The overall implication is the prevalence of rule of law, the ultimate characteristic of good governance in a country. Such governance transformations significantly contribute to the promotion of agricultural development and the consequent long-term transformation of the economy. ICT can play a crucial role in benefiting resource-strapped farmers with up-to-date knowledge and information on agricultural technologies, best practices, markets, price trends, and weather conditions. The experiences of most countries indicate that rapid development of ICT, which facilitates the flow of data and information, has tremendously enhanced knowledge management practice in agriculture. However, the use of ICT for the accumulation and dissemination of knowledge and information is still low in Ethiopia, despite progress made over recent decades. Currently, among various ICT- related initiatives, radio is widely used to inform users on agricultural topics, including new and upgraded farming techniques, production management, and market information. Due to its strategic importance in reaching the majority of smallholders, attempts are being made to strengthen the delivery of knowledge and information through radio programs. Unlike previous trends in using traditional ICT tools (i.e., radio and TV), the use of modern ICT (computers, internet, mobile telephony, etc.) is achieving popular adoption in the small towns of the country. It is found that low infrastructural development is the main challenge for ICT in the rural areas of southern Ethiopia.

Key Words: ICT, Governance, Agricultural Development, Ethiopia

 

Cite This Article As: Yimer M (2014). The Role of ICT for Good Governance and Agricultural Development in Ethiopia: Local Evidence from Southern Ethiopia. Inter. J. Polit. Sci. Develop. 3(1): 30-39


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