Agricultural Reviews

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Agricultural Reviews, volume 34 issue 3 (september 2013) : 198-206


Wadkar Sagar Kisan*, Argade Shivaji Dadabhau, Khajan Singh
1Dairy Extension Division, National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal -132 001, India
Cite article:- Kisan* Sagar Wadkar, Dadabhau Shivaji Argade, Singh Khajan (2024). FACTORS AFFECTING THE SUSTAINABILITY OF ICT INTERVENTION FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT - A REVIEW. Agricultural Reviews. 34(3): 198-206. doi: 10.5958/j.0976-0741.34.3.004.
The donor agencies are being directly-indirectly implementing ambitious ICT interventions in developing countries with the hope for sustainable impact arising from development oriented ICT interventions. In the past, emphasis had been placed on the supply side rather than the demand side. Hence, the main focus of the interventions has been the implementation the ICT for Development project and creating infrastructure rather than understanding the impact on the society level and integration of inbuilt checks and balances for sustainability of interventions. Here attempt is made to review different factors associated with the sustainability of the ICT intervention for agricultural development. The other aim is to ponder over the achievements and the failures of ICT in the sustainable development march. Thus, the impact measures and factors of sustainability need to undertake in planning and implementation of interventions for its long term functionality.
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