The role of mobile phone SMS solutions in promoting agribusiness among small-scale farmers in rural Zambia. A case of Northern Province

Lack of access to reliable and up-to-date market price information is a serious problem for smallholder farmers in Zambia. Yet mobile phones offer a solution. Illustrated with photo plates, this paper briefly describes how an SMS trade and market information service provides a simple, convenient and cost-effective facility that is helping farmers find buyers for their produce at better prices. In so doing, the service is promoting agribusiness in the country and improving the socio-economic welfare of small-scale farmers, especially those in rural areas.

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    Executive summary
    Introduction
    Introduction of mobile phones in Mungwi
    MIS (ZNFU 4455) in Mungwi
    MIS at worK
    Benefits of MIS to the small-scale farmers
    Opportunities for MIS
    Constraints of MIS (ZNFU 4455)
    Conclusion
    Recommendations

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