Dassanayake in Eggplant field
© Sriganesh Lokanathan/ LIRNEasia
K. P. Dassanayake is the head of one of the local farm groups that LIRNEasia has been working with for the IDRC's sponsored Action Research Pilot (ARP) which is trying to guage the livelihood benefits for small farmers from the provision of real-time market price information via the mobile phone. Via the phone farmers will also have access to an ICT enabled platform to reach out to buyers directly (and vice versa). The ICT intervention is a joint effort between Govi Gnana Seva (GGS), which is a not-for-profit organization started by LIRNEasia researchers and Dialog, the largest mobile operator in the country.
As a respected leader in his community Dassanayake is always concerned about mechanisms for providing stable and relatively predictable incomes for farmers - a concern shared by LIRNEasia and GGS. He views the ICT intervention being tested, as an important step in eventually linking the selling decision with the growing decision.