A model for enhancing empowerment in farmers using mobile based information system

Tamara Ginige, Deborah Richards

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Farmers living in rural villages of Sri Lanka do not have proper access to information to make informed decisions about their livelihoods and as a result they face constant hardships in their lives. They use mobile phones to communicate but these are not currently connected to the Internet. We are investigating how to provide personalized information to farmers with the aim of empowering them to make informed decisions and take appropriate actions. In this paper we propose an empowerment model that has been designed to achieve their goals which have been identified using a scenario-based approach. The model examines several empowerment processes and supporting tools that would help them to achieve their goals with the hope that they would have an increased sense of control, self-efficacy, knowledge and competency. This empowerment model is applied to the development of a mobile based information system that is being developed by an international collaborative research group to address the issues of the farmers. Ginige and Richards

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACIS 2012: Location, Location, Location
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd Australasian Conference on Information Systems
EditorsJohn Lamp
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherDeakin University
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781741561722
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event23rd Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2012 - Geelong, VIC, Australia
Duration: 3 Dec 20125 Dec 2012


Other23rd Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2012
CityGeelong, VIC


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