A new article by Thomas Daum, Regina Birner, Hannes Buchwald and Ansgar Gerlicher, published in the magazine Rural 21, discusses the potential to use mobile tools for research and for project monitoring and evaluation purposes.
The digital revolution does not only offer new development opportunities for users in developing countries, it also provides fascinating new pathways for researchers and development practitioners. The authors report on their experience with the smartphone app Time Tracker, which was developed and tested in the context of PARI, to record daily activities of survey participants. They conclude that mobile tools and apps could enable us to get a much more nuanced understanding of complex smallholder farming systems in particular, and new and improved general insights into developing countries.
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