ICT adoption constraints in horticulture from the viewpoint of international researchers

Nicole Taragola, Ehud Gelb

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    Sustainable agricultural and rural development are currently issues of strategic imporance worldwide. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have the potential to accomplish significant economic, social and environmental benefits. The objective of this paper is to determine the constraints limiting adoption of ICT in horticulture, and compare them to the EFITA (European Federation of Information Technology in Agriculture) baseline data sets. EFITA is conducting since 1999 a review survey of ICT adoption constraints in agriculture. Comparable data sets have been added from additional sources. These surveys provide a baseline for two comparative surveys in horticulture. The first survey in horticulture was conducted in Berlin, Germany at the 2004 ISHS symposium on horticultural economics and management, and has been updated at the 2009 ISHS symposium in Chiang Mai, Thailand. A second survey was organised in 2005 by ILVO on a sample of 208 horticultural businesses in Flanders, Belgium. Comparing the results of these questionnaires identifies technology innovation adoption commonalities and insights which suggest remedial steps to expedite ICT adoption and the necessary research priorities. The results of the ISHS questionaires till now have revealed the following comparable adoption constraints : "end user (ICT) proficiency", "lack of training", "ICT benefit awareness", "time", "cost of technology", "system integration" and "software availability". The results of the ILVO questionaire and the ISHS survey are in line with the EFITA surveys over time, indicating a shift from ICT technical proficiency as a primary limiting factor towards the lack of understanding "how to get a benefit from the various ICT options" - this being a challenge to research, extension and the ICT market services.
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    StatusGepubliceerd - 2010
    Evenement28th International Horticultural Congress (2010) - Lisbon, Portugal
    Duur: 22-aug-201027-aug-2010


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