Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp 597–607

Kheti: mobile multimedia in an agricultural co-operative

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00779-010-0335-3

Cite this article as:
Dearden, A., Matthews, P. & Rizvi, H. Pers Ubiquit Comput (2011) 15: 597. doi:10.1007/s00779-010-0335-3

Abstract

Kheti is a mobile phone-based, multimedia communication system to support sharing of agricultural knowledge and advice within a producers’ co-operative. The first version of this system was designed with, and was tested by, the Sironj Crop Producers Company Ltd, a co-operative of small farmers working in Madhya Pradesh, Central India. In this paper, we describe the Kheti system and examine how it addresses the problems of making agricultural knowledge available by recognizing that practical knowledge is always located within a complex network of social relations and practices. We also examine the results of field trials and some of the challenges in seeking to convert a successful technology into a sustainable development intervention.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Communication and Computing Research CentreSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK
  2. 2.Department of Information Science and Digital MediaBristol Institute of Technology University of the West of EnglandBristolUK
  3. 3.School of Good Governance and Policy Analysis, An Autonomous Institution of the Government of Madhya PradeshBhopalIndia