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Roles and impacts of ICT in the reduction of vulnerability in rural households in Niger

In Niger, the new information and communication technologies (ICTs) play an important role in the socio-economic development of the country, especially in the agricultural sector where the use of mobile phones for information exchange on markets and prices of agro-pastoral products has become one of the major tools in reducing the vulnerability of rural households.

This study was conducted in Maradi region; it aims to contribute to a better understanding of the impact of the applications of the mobile phone in the reduction of vulnerability. This paper presents the main results of surveys conducted on site. The results highlight the roles and impacts of the applications of mobile phone in the reduction of the vulnerability of rural farmers. They demonstrate the importance of ICT applications in the promotion of marketing activities and the development of adaptive capacity and resilience of farmers living in a bleak agro-climatic and socio-economic environment.