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A decision support system for enhancing crop productivity of smallholder farmers in semi-arid agricultureA decision support system for enhancing crop productivity of smallholder farmers in semi-arid agriculture

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dc.contributor.author Churi, A. J.
dc.contributor.author Mlozi, M. R. S
dc.contributor.author Tumbo, S. D.
dc.contributor.author Casmir, R.
dc.contributor.author Mahoo, M. R. S
dc.date.accessioned 2021-01-26T12:11:27Z
dc.date.available 2021-01-26T12:11:27Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.issn 2223-4985
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/3345
dc.description International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Research 2013: Vol.3(8); pp238 - 248 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study aimed at investigative decision support systems for assisting strategic and tactical decision making of smallholder farmers to reduce climate risks and increase crop productivity of semi-arid areas. Specifically, the study assessed farm-level decisions used by the farmers for reducing climate risks; examined information communication and knowledge sharing strategies for enhancing decision making and designed a system for assisting the farmers in selecting appropriate options for improving crop productivity. Development of DSS was governed by design science where prototyping approach was used to allow complete participation of end-users. The proposed architecture allows difference agricultural actors participate in communicating agricultural information and sharing of knowledge with smallholder farmers. The DSS was implemented and assessed by farmers as a useful tool for accessing information and advisories in agricultural systems. More research is recommended to enable simple and affordable mobile phones be used by farmers to access wealth of agricultural knowledge and policies from research centres and government resources. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Decision support system en_US
dc.subject Strategic and tactical decisions en_US
dc.subject Crop productivity en_US
dc.subject Mobile phone en_US
dc.subject Agriculture en_US
dc.title A decision support system for enhancing crop productivity of smallholder farmers in semi-arid agricultureA decision support system for enhancing crop productivity of smallholder farmers in semi-arid agriculture en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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