IMPORTANCE OF THE USE OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS BY FARMERS IN AFRICA
Authors: Joshua CHIBUIKE SOPURU
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The desire of every nation is to provide goods and services that can actually satisfy citizens and also be enough for export in other to acquire foreign exchange. Due to scarce resources and diversity in human behavior, proper strategizing and planning built on Positive and negative science need to be considered.
Human behavior cannot be determined with concrete certainty; we can only make assumptions based on certain conditions or occurrences. These assumptions help managers in managing limited resources. This goes a long way in helping a nation plan its production in matters of; what to produce, the quantity to produce and whom to produce for. The task of decision making, a must for every nation is one of the most difficult and unpredictable task faced by managers. However, with the advent of information Systems supported with decision support tools, managers can now to a greater extent make proper decisions.
Information system is a collection and integration of components for data collection, storing, and processing in other to deliver information, knowledge, and digital products. Businesses and cooperation rely on Information systems to carry out operations, manage staff, and even lead customers. There is no doubt information systems have revolutionized virtually every sector of the economy it has been applied in. For example, in developed countries like the USA, Information systems have decongested highways through traffic management. Despite all the success stories resulting from the implementation of information systems, Agriculture in developing countries still struggles with implementation of information systems. With the design of several Farm management information systems (FMIS), one should have predicted an end to the shortage of Agricultural products in Africa, mismanagement of the farm or an end to the high rate of loss in agricultural commodities as a result of disease outbreak. However, this is not the case in Africa because; the implementation of information systems in Agriculture is faced with numerous design/implementation problems ranging from designer's ignorance to end-users illiteracy.
We are interested in uncovering the importance of information system in Agricultural farms in Africa and highlighting some limitations facing its implementation.