Impact assessment of e-AGRIKultura project: Philippines

Erniel B. Barrios, J. R.G. Lansangan, John Carlo P. Daquis

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This chapter investigates the link between ICT and rural livelihood expansion in
the context of the sustainable livelihood framework. Using two sets of agrarian
reform communities (beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries of e-AGRIKultura project), we found evidence of a positive association between ICT, livelihood and income.

There is greater appreciation of the value of information among beneficiaries compared to non-beneficiaries. While income for non-beneficiaries has increased due to another development intervention, because they appreciate information less, there is a potential threat in sustaining income gains. The ICT project is successful in converting rural communities to have a more progressive viewpoint on the role of ICT in providing information to enhance their livelihood assets. Considering the present endowments available to the rural households, they are better off with the ICT project with significant impact in increasing farm incomes as it facilitates expansion of rural livelihood, thereby increasing non-farm incomes as well.

While there is a growing realization of the role of ICT among rural households,
more extensive advocacy campaigns and investments are necessary to ensure that information can be usefully accessed by all the potential stakeholders. Community organizations can be used to develop sustainability plans and act as a conduit in empowering rural communities. Local governments should play a vital role in ICTs supporting livelihoods through policies that will facilitate operation of private businesses, thereby forming catalysts of public–private partnerships.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStrengthening Rural Livelihoods
Subtitle of host publicationThe Impact of Information and Communication Technologies in Asia
EditorsDavid J. Grimshaw, Shalini Kala
Place of PublicationDunsmore UK
PublisherInternational Development Research Centre
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781552505175
ISBN (Print)9781853397226
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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