Linking small-scale farmers to markets in Benin: a failure of ICT-based initiatives? Evidence from case studies

Abstract

Anselme Bienvenu Adegbidi

This paper addressed how the organizations that promote the use of ICTs by farmers and traders in Benin approached the issue of linking smallholder farmers to markets and if they succeeded in their interventions. The main result was that farmers were not the main targets of the ICT-based market initiatives, nor were they intended to be the direct beneficiaries of the projects. Hence, the ICT impact on improving market linkages could be questionable. Nonetheless, there was hope that farmers would benefit through greater market transparency and greater access to highly rewarding value chains for traders.

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