Farmers' Access to Internet Information: Pathways, Interests and Cost

A typical Survey in Southern Hebei Province of China
  • Gubo Qi
  • Haimin Wang
  • Ting Zuo
Part of the The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 259)

Set in six rural communities in southern Hebei Province of China, the present study focuses on rural farmers’ access to, interests about and management of internet information. With the perspective of farmers, this empirical study attempts to understand the potential effects of information technology on agricultural information system and to capture its development prospect as well. The research findings indicate that 1) how the surveyed rural residents gain access to internet information and to what extent the internet as media is acceptable to farmers are dependent on such factors as individual education background, age, family income, as well as outside interventions; 2) innovative information technology plays a significant role in improving local livelihoods and accelerating local development; 3) poverty reduction through information technology has laid positive but limited impact towards rural residents’ understanding, learning and utilization of the internet.

Keywords

farmers’ access innovative information technology poverty reduction 

References

  1. Li, Xiaoyun, Zuo, Ting. 2002 status of rural China. China Agricultural University Press. 2003, Beijing: 23-24Google Scholar
  2. Rural department of State Development Research Center. Rural Public Service System in China. China Development Press. 2003Google Scholar
  3. Wang, Haimin. Analysis of the mechanism of poverty reduction through internet and its impacts, 2003, Beijing: 5-6Google Scholar

Copyright information

© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gubo Qi
    • 1
  • Haimin Wang
    • 1
  • Ting Zuo
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Humanitites and DevelopmentChina Agricultural UniversityChina

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