The farmer’s exposure to risk and uncertainty is often aggravated by lack of information about weather, inputs, farm management practices or market prices, and this lack of information has an adverse impact on crop production and income. The major objectives of this scoping study are:
1) to analyze the scope and potential of the use of ICT, especially mobile phones, for farmers and the agricultural sector;
2) to identify farmers’ present sources of information and information networks, and to identify the information needs that help them to mitigate production and market risks;
3) to identify existing ICT-based innovations in the agricultural sector, the key players, and the institutional arrangements for the dissemination of information;
4) to highlight selected models and innovations in the form of case studies;
5) to identify the constraints and challenges and to suggest key questions that should be taken up for research based on this scoping study.