A contextual ICT model to explain adoption of mobile applications in developing countries: A case study of Tunisia

Published Date
October 26, 2023
Type
Journal Article
A contextual ICT model to explain adoption of mobile applications in developing countries: A case study of Tunisia
Authors:
Boubaker Dhehibi
Mohamed Zied Dhraief, Aymen Frija, Hassen Ouerghemmi, Barbara Rischkowsky, Udo Rudiger

In Tunisia, agriculture is the main source of livelihood for more than 75% of small and subsistence farmers with minimal use of technology. The use of information and communication
technology (ICT),such as mobile applications, represents a pertinent opportunity for these
smallholders to access agricultural innovation and market information and improve their
farming technologies and farm management. Thus, ICT can act as a replacement to foster
access to innovation for this category of farmers. Unfortunately, the underuse of mobile
applications has contributed to low and slow adoption of agricultural innovation and consequently the benefits of this technology have not been attained. The purpose of this study is
to identify the factors affecting the adoption of Short Message Service (SMS) through a contextual ICT model for livestock, olive crop, and beekeeping. Data were collected from 200
small-scale beekeepers, 225 olive growers, and 140 livestock breeders selected in Jendouba, Kairouan, and Zaghouan in Tunisia. The objective of this paper is to examine the factors that influence mobile applications using the partial least squares structural equation
modelling technique, for livestock, olive crop, and beekeeping agricultural activities. The
results showed that the final ICT-induced structural models were highly predictive of the use
of SMS and its increased adoption. Factors affecting the use of SMS differed according to the farming system. The major perceived factor affecting the use of SMS was ‘observability’ for livestock farmers, ‘compatibility’ for olive growers, and ‘information quality’ for beekeepers. Understanding these factors by taking into account the specificity of the agricultural activity leads to a better understanding of the adoption of ICT tools by smallholder farmers in
Tunisia

Citation:
Boubaker Dhehibi, Mohamed Zied Dhraief, Aymen Frija, Hassen Ouerghemmi, Barbara Rischkowsky, Udo Rudiger. (26/10/2023). A contextual ICT model to explain adoption of mobile applications in developing countries: A case study of Tunisia. PLoS ONE, 18 (10).
Keywords:
ict
livelihood
tunisia
livestock