The opportunities for mobile identified across three areas (information provision, financial services and agricultural trade services) have potential to increase agricultural income by an estimated US$138 billion (€123 billion) across 26 countries by 2020; a significant proportion of this will be gained in developing countries. It is estimated that a total of 549 million users will be connected to these services.
The internet and related technologies have reached developing countries much faster than previous technological innovations. More households in developing countries own a mobile phone than have access to electricity or improved sanitation. But while the internet has reached almost all countries quickly, the intensity of its use has been lower in poorer countries.
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.