Impact of SMS-Based Agricultural Information on Indian Farmers

creativeworkseries.issn 1564-698X Fafchamps, Marcel Minten, Bart 2014-07-30T15:21:25Z 2014-07-30T15:21:25Z 2012-11
dc.description.abstract This study estimates the benefits that Indian farmers derive from market and weather information delivered to their mobile phones by a commercial service called Reuters Market Light (RML). We conduct a controlled randomized experiment in 100 villages of Maharashtra. Treated farmers associate RML information with a number of decisions they have made, and we find some evidence that treatment affected spatial arbitrage and crop grading. But the magnitude of these effects is small. We find no statistically significant average effect of treatment on the price received by farmers, crop value-added, crop losses resulting from rainstorms, or the likelihood of changing crop varieties and cultivation practices. Although disappointing, these results are in line with the market take-up rate of the RML service in the study districts, which shows small numbers of clients in aggregate and a relative stagnation in take-up over the study period. en
dc.identifier.citation World Bank Economic Review
dc.identifier.issn 1564-698X
dc.identifier.other 10.1093/wber/lhr056
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Oxford University Press on behalf of the World Bank
dc.relation.ispartofseries World Bank Economic Review
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.holder World Bank
dc.subject access to market
dc.subject agricultural price
dc.subject agricultural prices
dc.subject auction
dc.subject average price
dc.subject market information
dc.subject market price
dc.subject market prices
dc.subject market research
dc.subject marketing
dc.subject price inflation
dc.subject price level
dc.subject price uncertainty
dc.subject price variation
dc.subject producer prices
dc.subject sale
dc.subject sales
dc.subject surplus
dc.subject wholesale price
dc.subject wholesale prices
dc.title Impact of SMS-Based Agricultural Information on Indian Farmers en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.type Article de journal fr
dc.type Artículo de revista es
dspace.entity.type Publication 2014-05-22
okr.doctype Publications & Research :: Journal Article
okr.globalpractice Agriculture
okr.globalpractice Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management
okr.globalpractice Poverty
okr.globalpractice Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience
okr.globalpractice Transport and ICT
okr.globalpractice Finance and Markets
okr.globalpractice Trade and Competitiveness
okr.identifier.doi 10.1093/wber/lhr056
okr.journal.nbpages 383-414
okr.language.supported en
okr.peerreview Academic Peer Review India
okr.topic Agriculture :: Agribusiness
okr.topic Agriculture :: Agriculture & Farming Systems
okr.topic Agriculture :: Crops & Crop Management Systems
okr.topic International Economics and Trade :: Access to Markets
okr.topic Macroeconomics and Economic Growth :: Markets and Market Access
okr.topic Macroeconomics and Economic Growth :: Regional Economic Development
okr.topic Private Sector Development :: E-Business
okr.topic Rural Development :: Rural Development Knowledge & Information Systems
okr.topic Rural Development :: Rural Poverty Reduction Strategies
okr.volume 26(3)
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