Providing Market Information for Ethiopian Farmers: Extending Participatory Design

Amanuel Zewge, Yvonne Dittrich, Rahel Bekele

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In a developing country like Ethiopia, marketing of
agricultural products is influenced by local, socioeconomic,
cultural and IT infrastructure characteristics.
ICT-based agriculture information systems have been
proposed to support farmers with market information.
However, such initiatives have often failed to provide
useful information in an adequate form for farmers in
remote areas. Participatory Design (PD) assumes to be
effective approach to overcome these challenges.
However, due to its origin in the western countries, the
capability of users, motivation and desire to participate
and availability of resources are often taken for granted.
This work identifies challenges for applying PD in rural
Ethiopia and proposes method for ‘Early-Stage’ of PD.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2014
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventParticipation for Development: Workshop at The 13th biennial Participatory Design Conference - Windhoek, Namibia
Duration: 5 Oct 20145 Oct 2014


WorkshopParticipation for Development
Internet address


  • Agricultural Marketing
  • ICT in Agriculture
  • Participatory Design
  • Socioeconomic Influences
  • Rural Ethiopia


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