E-Agriculture and Rural Development: Global Innovations and Future Prospects
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E-Agriculture and Rural Development: Global Innovations and Future Prospects

Blessing Maumbe (Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe) and Charalampos Z. Patrikakis (Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus, Greece)
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Release Date: December, 2012|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 310
ISBN13: 9781466626553|ISBN10: 1466626550|EISBN13: 9781466626867|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2655-3


In recent years, there has been growing attention devoted to the implementation of information and communication technology in agriculture and rural development. While evidence has linked ICT to an increase in gross domestic product, it has prompted a global dedication to the research of the socio-economic benefits, trade-offs, and policy implications of ICT consumption in developing countries.

E-Agriculture and Rural Development: Global Innovations and Future Prospects is a comprehensive collection of research on the emerging trends and advances in the global use of information and communication technology in agriculture and rural development. Consisting of case studies, implementation frameworks, and policies, this book provides a global perspective and understanding of the developments in e-agriculture and rural development.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Agribusiness
  • Agriculture Value Chain
  • E-Agriculture
  • E-Value Creation
  • Geospatial Data Infrastructure
  • Global E-Agriculture
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Market Information Services Projects
  • Rural Development

Reviews and Testimonials

This reference book appropriate for students and professionals within agriculture, rural development, and related fields explores the use of information and communication technologies within global agriculture, relying on case studies and examining conceptual and implementation frameworks, agriculture market information systems, value-added agriculture services, e-agriculture policies, and institutions and regulations. The book is divided into four sections: the first introduces key concepts, the second explores rural development in sub-Saharan Africa, the third focuses on Asia, and the fourth focuses on Europe and North America. Charts and figures are included throughout. Each chapter includes an abstract, conclusion, and references. 

– Book News Inc. Portland, OR

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Blessing M. Maumbe earned his PhD in Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University in 2001. He has received academic fellowship awards from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Michigan State University’s Thoman Fellowship, and Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)/ Germany Agency for Technical Development (GTZ). Blessing has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in agribusiness management, agribusiness strategy, and global food marketing at various universities in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the United States over the past two decades. He is currently serving as Professor and Executive Dean for the Faculty of Commerce at Bindura University of Science Education. Prior to that, he was an Associate Professor of Agribusiness at Massey University in New Zealand and an Assistant Professor of Agribusiness Management at West Virginia University for about 3 years. Before joining West Virginia University, he served as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business Informatics at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, in Cape Town, South Africa and Associate Professor of Agribusiness Management at Eastern Kentucky University for a period of about six years. Blessing has worked extensively in the area of e-agriculture and mobile agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade. He has published several papers in international journals and conference proceedings and is an active member of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA). His current research focuses on the organization and performance of agribusiness value chains and the role of information and communication technologies (ICT) in agriculture and rural development. Blessing has recently edited a new book entitled Technology, Sustainability and Rural Development in Africa and he is the founding Editor-in-Chief of theInternational Journal of Information and Communication Technology Research and Development in Africa (IJICTRDA).
Charalampos Z. Patrikakis was born Greece, in 1970. He received his Dipl.-Ing. and his Ph.D from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of NTUA, Greece. He is an Assistant Professor at the Dept of Electronics of the TEI of Piraeus. He has participated in more than 27 National, European and International programs (ESPRIT, RACE, ACTS, IST, ICT, eContent, eContentPlus), in 12 of which he has been involved as technical coordinator or principal researcher. He has published 21 chapters in books, 27 papers in international journals, 53 papers in international conferences, 6 reports, and has 2 contributions in national legislation. He is a member of the editorial committee of 11 international journals, 30 international conferences, and has acted as editor in the publication of 2 special issues of international journals, 3 conference proceedings volumens and coedited one book. His research interests include: Mobile network applications and services, Mobile and pervasive computing, Broadband Network Communications, IP data communications, P2P and Ad hoc networks, Personal Networks, Multimedia streaming. He is a senior member of IEEE, a member of the Greek Computer Society, a certified trainer by the National Accreditation Centre of Vocational Training Structures and Accompanying Support Services and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.