[PhD’s Corner] Felly Cadeau Rushigira: The information system in the governance of the value chain in the Ruzizi Plain in the DRCongo : what place for new information and communication technologies?

Felly Cadeau is one of the #DigitAg labelled PhDs

 

 

The information system in the governance of the value chain in the Ruzizi Plain in the DRC : what place for new information and communication technologies?

  • Start Date: April 2019
  • University: MUSE Montpellier University of Excellence / Montpellier SupAgro
  • PhD School: EDEG Montpellier
  • Field(s): Management Sciences
  • Thesis Director: Guy Faure (Cirad – UMR Innovation)
  • Co-supervisors: Patricio Mendez Del Villar (Cirad Tetis), Nicolas Paget (Cirad Innovation) & Furaha Mirindi Germaine (Rikolto)
  • Funding: AUF – UEA
  • Research Project: Dispositif de Recherche en Partenariat ASAP (Burkina/Mali/Côte d’Ivoire) – https://www.dp-asap.org/
  • #DigitAg:  Axis 2 – Challenges 7 & 8

 

Keywords: ICT, Information system, Governance, Value chain, information, communication, DRCongo

Abstract:

The rice value chain in the Ruzizi plain is characterized on one side by natural conditions of the area that are favorable to the development of rice cultivation and on the other side by the expansion of demand for rice, which is associated with the growth of the urban population. Paradoxically, yields are low, thus causing high rates of import dependence (82% for the province of South Kivu). In addition, inequalities in the distribution of value created along the value chain are very marked. At the look of the configuration of the area, which makes difficult the communication and circulation of useful information (for production and for the market) between actors and which supposes the reinforcement of information asymmetries, it is useful to ask a question about the role of information in the governance of this value chain and the conditions for using NICTs. Faced with this problematic, this thesis is based on the following research questions: What would be the role of information in the governance and coordination of the rice value chain in the Ruzizi Plain? To what extent can actors use ICTs in this value chain?

Thus, the thesis will analyze the mechanisms of circulation of information in the value chain, to highlight the conditions of integration of the NICT, as well as the form that they must take to be in coherence with the context. Specifically, the thesis will look at how information systems (formal or informal) influence actors in their decision-making and how they influence their technical, economic and financial performances. It will also seek to show how the asymmetry of information between different actors in the value chain impacts the coordination of the value chain. In the same way, the social networks of the actors will be examined and the thesis will demonstrate how the social networks of the actors are vectors of information and in what they influence the behavior, the choice and the decisions of the actors.

 

 

Contact:  cadeaurushigira [AT] cirad.fr – 0782929253

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