Design and evaluation of a mobile-based cultivation planning application for empowering Sri Lankan farmers

Ginige, T and Richards, D 2013, 'Design and evaluation of a mobile-based cultivation planning application for empowering Sri Lankan farmers', in Hepu Deng and Craig Standing (ed.) ACIS 2013: Information systems: Transforming the Future: Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Melbourne, Australia, 4-6 December, 2013, pp. 1-11.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Design and evaluation of a mobile-based cultivation planning application for empowering Sri Lankan farmers
Author(s) Ginige, T
Richards, D
Year 2013
Conference name 24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS)
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 4-6 December, 2013
Proceedings title ACIS 2013: Information systems: Transforming the Future: Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Editor(s) Hepu Deng and Craig Standing
Publisher RMIT University
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Start page 1
End page 11
Abstract We have field tested a profit calculator for Sri Lankan farmers as a part of our investigation to develop mobile-based tools for empowerment. Lack of access to information to support livelihood activities is creating economic hardships for the farmers. Though the majority of the farmers use mobile phones there aren’t many useful mobile applications for them. In the field test we captured farmers’ experiences of using the profit calculator and a revised set of requirements. When reflecting on these observations we realised that instead of developing ICT applications just to provide information or perform tasks, we need to develop applications based on user goal-oriented empowerment processes. Based on this insight, we reviewed our original design of the profit calculator and designed a new Cultivation Planning Application.
Subjects Other Information and Computing Sciences
Keyword(s) User Empowerment
Mobile Computing
IS Design
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