Special Section CFP: Research on Rural and Remote ICT Innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture using modern technologies

Research on Rural and Remote ICT Innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture using modern technologies

Overview
Food security has received substantial attention over the past several years, recognising the importance of Agriculture around the world (United Nations 2015). Agriculture, while central to food security, is also important in providing employment. According to UN reports, the agriculture sector provides the highest employment in the world, providing a source of revenue for 40% of the global population. Furthermore, this sector is the single largest source of income for poor rural households in countries like India, China and Brazil.

The Agriculture sector faces several formidable challenges pertaining to social, environmental, climate and economic perspectives with both local to global focus. For example, (i) the effects of climate change, impacting weather patterns, (ii) rural and geographic dispersion, contributing to lack of infrastructure and resources, (iii) complexities in global and local logistics, contributing price and quality and (iv) emphasis on by-product valorization, providing focus on safe use or disposal of farm-by-products (McKinsey 2015b).

In recent times, the Agriculture sector has been provided with substantial growth opportunities through the advent of information technologies. Especially, the rise of the digital technologies social media, mobile, analytics, cloud computing and internet-of-things is providing the sector with unprecedented opportunities to improve productivity, accountability and the better management of resources. Such technologies defy the boundaries established by the traditional technologies by making solutions that are easy-to-afford, easy-to-learn and easy-to-trial and easy-to-manage (Lokuge et al. 2016; Yoo et al. 2012). In a similar manner, these technologies provide opportunities for entrepreneurship and the development of ecosystems and digital platforms.

The objective of this special section is to provide a synthesis of academic studies that observe this intersection between innovation, entrepreneurship with digital technologies in the agriculture sector. We welcome manuscripts that identify and address knowledge gaps in:

  • Challenges and opportunities associated with leveraging IT-driven innovation and entrepreneurship in the Agriculture sector, emerging agri-business models anchored on innovative technologies, 
  • Issues related to how technological innovations can aid in agri-business development. 
  • Other topics of IT innovation and entrepreneurship in agri-business and 
  • Teaching cases specific to technology’s role in agri-business are equally welcome as well.

Moreover, the special section will welcome research manuscripts developed using case studies, surveys, experiments and / or any other scientific research methodology.

Timeline

  • Submission opens: 15th June 2019 
  • Submission deadline: 30th March 2020 
  • First author notification of acceptance: 30th May 2020 
  • Paper development workshop: In conjunction with PACIS 2020 at UNSW 
  • Second round submission deadline: 30th Aug 2020 
  • Final author notification of acceptance: 30th October 2020 
  • Final submission for publication: 30th November 2020

Editors

  • Antonio Díaz Andrade 
  • Shan L Pan 
  • Darshana Sedera 
  • Robin Stonecash