Agricultural Information through Mobile Phone: Evidence on Farm Household Welfare in Bangladesh
TAZNOORE SAMINA KHANAM
This paper assesses the determinants of access to agricultural information through mobile phones and examines its impact on welfare using two rounds of household panel data. A control function approach with correlated random effects has been used in this analysis to control possible endogeneity of access to agricultural information. The empirical results show that access to agri-cultural information through mobile phones is positively correlated with yield, asset holdings, and own rice consumption. We disaggregate results by climate-risk vulnerable groups to explore whether the impact of access to information has heterogeneous effects. The results reveal that access to agricultural information through mobile phones strongly impacts climate-risk vulnerable households. Overall, increasing access to agricultural information through mobile phones is critical for food security, especially for smallholder farmers who live in climatically stress-prone areas.
Date of Publication
Agricultural Information, Climate Risks, Mobile Phones, Food Security, Bangladesh
JEL Classificatin Code
C23, D83, O33, Q12, Q15
Khanam, T. S. Agricultural Information through Mobile Phone: Evidence on Farm Household Welfare in Bangladesh.
The Bangladesh Development Studies, 42(1/2). 59-76. DOI: 10.57138/BPFN6420
Taznoore Samina Khanam