Ihave a long-held interest in ICT (Information and Communication Technology)based sustainable development of agriculture. My motivation behind choosingthis topic is that ICT has been adopted as catalysts for sustainabledevelopment all over the world.
Moreover, my work placement at differentdevelopment organizations reinforced my interest in the areas of currentagricultural advancement taking place in developing countries. Agricultureplays a central role in the economy and livelihoods of Bangladeshi people andit is one of many countries that is expected to suffer significantly fromclimate change. Besides not only the rapid growth in population, but also, the industrialand technological development over the past few decades, an unprecedented levelof pressure has been placed on the agricultural system. As a result of thesepressures, we have witnessed an accelerated loss of agricultural lands and adramatic change in the lifestyle of the rural population. I believe that thesechanges have far-reaching consequences on the development of the country ifleft unchecked.
Asa research team member I have hands-on experience working with agriculturalcommunities and I have seen the huge impact that information technology canhave on the livelihoods of the people as well as their agricultural systems.Those who once cultivated in traditional ways have now advanced to more modernmethods. Similarly, new technologies have opened up new opportunities for womento contribute to the farm-work. Duringthe 1980s the conservative methods of agriculture were subjected totechnological forces that transformed it into a more liberalized sector of theBangladeshi economy. These forces are a result of allowing the privatecompanies to participate with the already existing public infrastructure.
Oneof the most prominent accomplishments of this new system was the success in obtainingadequate grain yield, essential to meet the demands of a huge population. In 2014, Bangladesh produced 52.2 million tons of rice, which was only 20.
8 million tons in1980 (IRRI Rice Almanac 4thEd.). Likemost global issues there are of course negative aspects that must be addressed.Modern agricultural systems have significantly increased farming costs, destroyedlocal biodiversity and have led to negligence of living and working conditionof agricultural labors. Nevertheless, Bangladesh does not exist within abubble, as such the introduction of new technologies to the ancient practice offarming is one that is being witnessed all across the globe.
Informationand communication have always been important in agriculture. From the beginningof agriculture-based society, people have sought information from one another.Farmers in a rural area may have planted the same crops for centuries, but overtime, weather patterns and soil conditions change and epidemics of pests anddiseases come and go.
Updated information allows farmers to cope with and maybeeven get advantage from these changes. It is in the context of globalizingagriculture where the need for information becomes most important. Thus, as oneof the fastest developing countries, the Bangladeshi government has been tryingto harness ICT for use in sustainable development of agriculture. Additionally,while the agricultural sector is not attractive to the younger generations, ICTinnovations have contributed to engaging their interests.
Theexamination of the socio-cultural perspectives of ICT insofar as its potentialto promote the livelihoods of Bangladeshi farmers is of great interest toadvancement of this field. Furthermore, the study will investigate whether ICTcan provide a sustainable solution for some of the challenges that rural peopleface. Factors that must be examined in order to develop a comprehensiveunderstanding of the situation include gauging the perception and acceptabilityof ICT by the rural population and its use in promoting farming with a goal of sustainabledevelopment. In order to properly integrate modern ICT with the present realitiesof agricultural development, we must first ensure that the proper framework forsuch an interaction exists. For example, access to information through theInternet or mobile telecommunications.
Once this structural scaffolding hasbeen established, the best adaptation strategies for farmers with thesetechnologies must be determined based on the factors that are suspected toinfluence these choices. Furthermore, we must always look towards the future.As such, the involvement of the younger generations must also be assessed andmonitored.
Ultimately, the potentials and challenges of adopting ICT inagriculture must be reported in order to determine the nest course of action inthis discussion. Previousstudies on ICT have focused on the general roles of ICT on agriculture withoutgiving particular attention to socio-cultural aspects and youth involvement.There is also a lack of critical analysis on the application and use of ICT inrural agricultural development, particularly at the grassroots level.
Acomprehensive understanding of the correlation between ICT and the rurallivelihoods is still lacking in Bangladesh. However, this research is importantbecause it will bring about knowledge and understanding of the concretebenefits derived from ICT for sustainable development in agriculture. I also anticipatethat results from these kinds of studies will contribute towards thedevelopment and strengthening of ICT related livelihood strategies. Moreover,these studies will highlight the gap that exists between ICT developments in Bangladesh’sagricultural sector. The studies will also give framework and models toelaborate speculations and links that are required to broaden reasonable ICTaccess and administration to rural farmers and advance locally fitting ICTdevelopments. Iam keen to immerse myself in research on the relations between livelihood,agriculture, and poverty, always paying special attention to the question ofhow to steward ICT in sustainable ways.
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