Agricultural information networks, information needs and risk management strategies: A survey of farmers in Indo-Gangetic Plains of India

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Agricultural information networks, information needs and risk management strategies: A survey of farmers in Indo-Gangetic Plains of India. 2013. Mittal, S.; Mehar, M.. : ix, 28 p.. Mexico, DF (Mexico). CIMMYT. Series: Socioeconomics Working Paper.

98167.pdfAccess to reliable, timely and relevant information can help significantly and in many ways to  reduce farmers’ risk and uncertainty, empowering them to make good decisions. However, whether or not this access leads to impact often depends on issues related to markets, institutions, policies and resource availability. Several studies have shown that the wide  availability and multiple sources of information have not significantly changed farmers’ behavior  towards new technologies and information – a fact that is often attributed to a lack of knowledge or understanding of farmers’ perspectives and needs on the part of information providers.

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