Agriculture, Communication, and Socioeconomic Development: A Proposal for e-Agriculture in Nigeria

Agriculture, Communication, and Socioeconomic Development: A Proposal for e-Agriculture in Nigeria

Emmanuel C. Alozie (University of Southern Mississippi, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0882-5.ch301
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Abstract

This study explores Nigeria’s e-agriculture policies and those of other African governments. It also proposes what e-agricultural strategies these governments could adopt to enhance their agricultural output by examining the history of agriculture in Nigeria; the current status of Nigerian information and communication technologies and e-government policies with emphasis on agriculture. The analysis addresses the role of communications as instrument of national development. In view of the economic status of African countries, the study calls on Nigeria and other African governments to adopt a cautious approach as they embark on e-agriculture policies and acquisition of information and communication technologies to promote national development. The study calls on African governments to liberalize their agricultural policies, establish agricultural cooperatives, educate rural famers and offer telecommunication services in the rural areas if they hope to raise their agricultural productivity.

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