Bringing Development to Indian Agriculture: A Study on how IT-enabled Technologies can Foster Sustainable Development

Antonio Grille Mariscal & Jon Santillán Carrera

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

The agribusiness in India plays an instrumental role when it comes to the current status and prosperity of the entire country. In the economic sphere, its contribution to the national GDP accounts for around 15%. In the social sphere, it employs an estimate of nearly 45%of the population, often in the form of small and marginal farmers.
The purpose of our thesis is to investigate IT-enabled technologies in order to increase the livelihood of farmers and bring development to the sector in a sustainable manner. To that end, we draw upon the extant literature as well as ˝eld trips and interviews to conduct a thorough analysis of the situation of the agribusiness in India to set a baseline for further investigation and identify the key challenges and areas for improvement.
Accordingly, we propose four IT-enabled solutions that build on principles of supply chain, AI, IoT and cooperative governance, respectively, which evolve around principles of sustainability. We dive deep into each of the four solutions and pinpoint main bene˝ts and challenges. In the pursuit of a holistic analysis, we later integrate the solutions drawing on a framework tailored for value chain analysis in developing countries and further assess the direct impact of the solutions in the SDGs developed by the United Nations. Lastly, we discuss the main ˝ndings and implications and conclude the thesis by identifying key limitations and lines of future research.

EducationsMSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2020
Number of pages179
SupervisorsLeif Bloch Rasmussen