A Growing Lifeline: Mobile Technologies in Agricultural Development
Smallholder farmers in the developing world face considerable challenges that keep many of them locked in poverty. These challenges stem from a lack of access to market information, technical knowledge, inputs, financing and accessible markets where they can sell their products. In a recent survey of 4,000 farmers in Tanzania, more than three-quarters said access to markets was an obstacle to growth. Nearly 60 percent cited access to finance as a challenge.