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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 5, No. 3 (2009) open journal systems 


Role of information and communication technologies in improving food availability of Iranian rural households

Farhad Lashgarara, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
S. Mehdi Mirdamadi, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
S. Jamal Farajollah Hosseini, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
Mohammad Chizari, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran


Abstract
Information and communications technologies (ICTs) represent an important strategy that can be used in attaining food security. The main purpose of research is to identify the effectiveness of ICTs in improving the food availability of Iranian rural households. The situation of food security in Iranian rural households was medium, but that ICTs could play an important role in improving the situation. Regressions analysis showed that increasing food production, transferring of new methods and technologies, improving interactions and communications, providing information about cultivation and harvest, facilitators and content of old technologies were determined to account for 71% of the food availability.


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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556