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Application of ICT to Agriculture as a Panacea to Unemployment in Nigeria

Kayode-Adedeji Tolulope Kehinde and Dr. Edwin M. Agwu

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Abstract: This study looked at the relevance of agriculture in the Nigeria society and the need for employment and application of information and communication technology into agricultural sector as a solution to unemployment problems in Nigeria. As information and communication technology is a booming sector of the economy which presently engaged the younger generations of Nigerians, it can as well be used to improve the economic development of Nigeria and Nigerians. Data was gathered through qualitative method with focus group and individual in-depth interview as tools. Participants were selected randomly from a group of students, farmers and traders in Ogun and Lagos States of Nigeria. Findings revealed that although government support was essential in improving the agricultural sector in Nigeria, it was also important for citadels of learning and the private sectors to join hands in creating the much needed awareness amongst the youths on the significance of the agricultures and application of ICT as a veritable but untapped employment opportunity. The study also revealed that there is need to include agricultural studies into present day school curricular as well as create massive awareness through the mass media, especially Nollywood industry to portray the agricultural sector in a good light in order to ensure economic growth and uptake by the younger generations.

Keywords: ICT; Agriculture; Employment; Poverty alleviation; Nigeria (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J21 J24 J43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-01
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Published in International Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Research and Review 4.3(2015): pp. 26-48

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