The mobile phone revolution and food security in Africa

A study by Abel E. Ezeoha, Ajuruchukwu Obi, Anthony Igwe,  published last November says there is a direct correlation between mobile phone usage and food security. Using a dataset involving 48 regionally grouped African countries, the study set out to establish the impacts of mobile phone, internet, and rural electricity on food security.

The findings indicate among other things that the effects of ICT development on food security are more induced by mobile phone development than by internet development.  It also found that mobile phone and internet have a robust and stable synergistic effect on food security.

Another finding is that the promotional benefits of ICT protocols on food security are dependent on a country’s capacity to resolve inherent deficiencies in rural electricity energy supply, climate conditions and credit challenges.

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