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How Are Smallholder Farmers Involved in Digital Agriculture in Developing Countries: A Case Study from China

National School of Agricultural Institution and Development, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, Guangdong, China
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Land 2021, 10(3), 245; https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030245
Received: 27 January 2021 / Revised: 18 February 2021 / Accepted: 22 February 2021 / Published: 1 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Land Socio-Economic and Political Issues)
Digital transformation in agricultural practices may lead to a "digital divide" between small and large farms, owing to the characteristics and availability of digital technology. This paper sought to use a case study in Chongzhou County, Sichuan Province in China, to analyze how smallholder farmers in developing countries access such digital agriculture and share the benefits of digital agricultural transformation. Small farmers may own a larger scale farm through forming cooperatives; they are also indirectly involved in digital agriculture through agriculture outsourcing. The outsourcing market is expected to grow, which will allow for the evolution of a digital agricultural service platform, the development of a digital agricultural business organization consortium, and the continued expansion of a healthy digital ecology. This paper revealed important policy implications, stemming from the fact that the implementation of inclusive digital agriculture relies on two key shifts: (1) transformation from land scale operations to service scale operations and (2) from inclusive technological progress to inclusive organization innovation. View Full-Text
Keywords: smallholder farmers; digital agriculture; developing countries; China smallholder farmers; digital agriculture; developing countries; China
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Xie, L.; Luo, B.; Zhong, W. How Are Smallholder Farmers Involved in Digital Agriculture in Developing Countries: A Case Study from China. Land 2021, 10, 245. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030245

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Xie L, Luo B, Zhong W. How Are Smallholder Farmers Involved in Digital Agriculture in Developing Countries: A Case Study from China. Land. 2021; 10(3):245. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030245

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Xie, Lin, Biliang Luo, and Wenjing Zhong. 2021. "How Are Smallholder Farmers Involved in Digital Agriculture in Developing Countries: A Case Study from China" Land 10, no. 3: 245. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10030245

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