Digital technologies and sustainable livestock systems in rural communities

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dc.contributor.author Gwaka, Leon Tinashe
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-23T05:21:15Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-23T05:21:15Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.description.abstract The 43rd Committee on World Food Security (CFS) convention reiterated the importance of livestock towards eliminating food insecurity across the globe. Livestock provides extensive services and products which are critical in addressing the issues of hunger, malnutrition, health and diseases. However, despite such importance, livestock systems across the globe continue to face the challenge of sustainability. In this research article, using ethnographic research techniques, we examine the Beitbridge livestock systems to understand the vulnerabilities within the system and current efforts to overcome. The article identifies that the Beitbridge livestock system, similar to many others, faces numerous socio-ecological and political economy challenges. Also, in the past engagement of the author and the community, it emerged that there was limited use of digital technologies within the community. Therefore, this study explore whether digital technologies can contribute towards sustainability of livestock and if so, how. The major findings of the study are that, DTs have affordances which can be exploited to contribute towards the sustainability of the livestock system. However, in order for this to happen, there is need for convergence of conditions e.g. presence of supporting institutions and improvement of digital infrastructure. These findings confirm the need for context based studies on DTs. The findings of the study provide practitioners and policy makers ‘something to think about’ in the development of DTs and supporting systems. en_ZA
dc.description.department Informatics en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2017 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The Makerere University School of Public Health’s Resilient Africa Network (RAN) and University of Pretoria Southern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (SA RILab). en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.ejisdc.org en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Gwaka, L.T. 2017, 'Digital technologies and sustainable livestock systems in rural communities', Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, vol. 81, no. 6, pp. 1-24. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1681-4835 (online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/61759
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher City University of Hong Kong en_ZA
dc.rights City University of Hong Kong en_ZA
dc.subject Zimbabwe en_ZA
dc.subject Food security en_ZA
dc.subject Livestock systems en_ZA
dc.subject Sustainability en_ZA
dc.subject Digital technology (DT) en_ZA
dc.subject Information and communication technology (ICT) en_ZA
dc.title Digital technologies and sustainable livestock systems in rural communities en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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