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Agriculture in India still remains the main source of livelihood for the majority of the rural population and more importantly the small holding farmers. New forms of knowledge brokering have also been made possible through ICTs. As digital literacy increases, farmers, traders and others are offering advisory services leading to reduction of pressure on the public extension system. Digital Green is an initiative started with the support of Microsoft Research in India that disseminates timely agricultural information to small and marginal holders through cost effective digital videos produced by both farmers and experts. Similarly, e-choupals, kiosks run by the agribusiness firm ITC, effectively reach out to four million farmers and provide information on prices, selling of products, buying of inputs and farming practices.


 An article written by Abhilaksh Likhi, an IAS officer and currently a Senior Fellow at South Asia Studies, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC

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