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Title:Factors determining ICT adoption in rural smallholder farms in southwestern Nigeria
Authors:Ayanwale, Adeolu B.
Adekunle, Adewale
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:information technology
small farms
Abstract:This paper examines the interaction between socioeconomic characteristics of rural smallholder farmers in Atisbo Local Government Area (Oyo State, southwestern Nigeria) and the adoption of ICT facilities. 154 respondents - comprising 92 beneficiaries and 62 nonbeneficiaries - were selected for participation in the study, using the multi-stage random sampling technique. Using the farm business survey method, data and relevant information were elicited using a structured questionnaire, while the bivariate probit model was employed to determine the factors influencing the adoption of ICT facilities. The results indicate that beneficiaries had larger farm size, more years of farming experience, and recorded higher income than the nonbeneficiaries. Beneficiaries also had leading positions in various social and occupational groups. The study also reveals that marital and educational status, farm size and farm income are key socioeconomic features of respondents that encourage the adoption of ICT facilities. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]