Next Article in Journal
Observational Evidence of Neighborhood Scale Reductions in Air Temperature Associated with Increases in Roof Albedo
Next Article in Special Issue
Impact of Climate Change on Twenty-First Century Crop Yields in the U.S.
Previous Article in Journal
Objective Definition of Climatologically Homogeneous Areas in the Southern Balkans Based on the ERA5 Data Set
Previous Article in Special Issue
The Nexus of Weather Extremes to Agriculture Production Indexes and the Future Risk in Ghana
Article Menu
Issue 4 (December) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessReview
Climate 2018, 6(4), 97; https://doi.org/10.3390/cli6040097

Geographic Information and Communication Technologies for Supporting Smallholder Agriculture and Climate Resilience

1
Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester, Ellen Wilkinson Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
2
UWA School of Agriculture and Environment, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA 6009, Australia
3
School of Geography, Earth Science & Environment, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji
4
School of Geosciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 9 November 2018 / Revised: 4 December 2018 / Accepted: 5 December 2018 / Published: 10 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Agriculture for Climate Change Adaptation)
Full-Text   |   PDF [919 KB, uploaded 10 December 2018]   |  

Abstract

Multiple factors constrain smallholder agriculture and farmers’ adaptive capacities under changing climates, including access to information to support context appropriate farm decision-making. Current approaches to geographic information dissemination to smallholders, such as the rural extension model, are limited, yet advancements in internet and communication technologies (ICTs) could help augment these processes through the provision of agricultural geographic information (AGI) directly to farmers. We analysed recent ICT initiatives for communicating climate and agriculture-related information to smallholders for improved livelihoods and climate change adaptation. Through the critical analysis of initiatives, we identified opportunities for the success of future AGI developments. We systematically examined 27 AGI initiatives reported in academic and grey literature (e.g., organisational databases). Important factors identified for the success of initiatives include affordability, language(s), community partnerships, user collaboration, high quality and locally-relevant information through low-tech platforms, organisational trust, clear business models, and adaptability. We propose initiatives should be better-targeted to deliver AGI to regions in most need of climate adaptation assistance, including SE Asia, the Pacific, and the Caribbean. Further assessment of the most effective technological approaches is needed. Initiatives should be independently assessed for evaluation of their uptake and success, and local communities should be better-incorporated into the development of AGI initiatives. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change adaptation; livelihoods; geographic information; agriculture; resilience climate change adaptation; livelihoods; geographic information; agriculture; resilience
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
SciFeed

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Haworth, B.T.; Biggs, E.; Duncan, J.; Wales, N.; Boruff, B.; Bruce, E. Geographic Information and Communication Technologies for Supporting Smallholder Agriculture and Climate Resilience. Climate 2018, 6, 97.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Climate EISSN 2225-1154 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top