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Can Smartphone Apps Like WhatsApp Help Farmers Endure Extreme Weather?

Before planning your week, it is probably not unusual for you to check the weather forecast on your smartphone. For a farmer in a rural developing economy, however, weather news is more likely to come from the TV, radio, or…
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Conducting Research through Mobile Phones in a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has revolutionized the face of field research in the era of mobile phones and the internet. While in-person interviews provide an opportunity to researchers for extensive interactions with participants in any study, to reduce the risk of…
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Are India’s Farmers Taking Advantage of Web-based Technology?

In this blog post, TCI scholar Vanisha Sharma investigates how farmers in India’s impoverished rural areas are using the internet to boost agricultural productivity. Beginning in 2016, a public-private partnership called Jio laid 250,000 km of fiber optic cable throughout…

Vanisha Sharma

Vanisha Sharma is a PhD candidate in applied economics, with a concentration in development and agriculture economics. She is interested in analyzing the effects of the internet and digitization in rural economies. Her field-based research involves exploiting increasing internet access…