I I have hands-on experience working with agricultural communities

I
have a long-held interest in ICT (Information and Communication Technology)
based sustainable development of agriculture. My motivation behind choosing
this topic is that ICT has been adopted as catalysts for sustainable
development all over the world. Moreover, my work placement at different
development organizations reinforced my interest in the areas of current
agricultural advancement taking place in developing countries.

 

Agriculture
plays a central role in the economy and livelihoods of Bangladeshi people and
it is one of many countries that is expected to suffer significantly from
climate change. Besides not only the rapid growth in population, but also, the industrial
and technological development over the past few decades, an unprecedented level
of pressure has been placed on the agricultural system. As a result of these
pressures, we have witnessed an accelerated loss of agricultural lands and a
dramatic change in the lifestyle of the rural population. I believe that these
changes have far-reaching consequences on the development of the country if
left unchecked.

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As
a research team member I have hands-on experience working with agricultural
communities and I have seen the huge impact that information technology can
have on the livelihoods of the people as well as their agricultural systems.
Those who once cultivated in traditional ways have now advanced to more modern
methods. Similarly, new technologies have opened up new opportunities for women
to contribute to the farm-work.

 

During
the 1980s the conservative methods of agriculture were subjected to
technological forces that transformed it into a more liberalized sector of the
Bangladeshi economy. These forces are a result of allowing the private
companies to participate with the already existing public infrastructure. One
of the most prominent accomplishments of this new system was the success in obtaining
adequate grain yield, essential to meet the demands of a huge population. In 2014, Bangladesh produced 52.2 million tons of rice, which was only 20.8 million tons in
1980 (IRRI Rice Almanac 4thEd.).

 

Like
most global issues there are of course negative aspects that must be addressed.
Modern agricultural systems have significantly increased farming costs, destroyed
local biodiversity and have led to negligence of living and working condition
of agricultural labors. Nevertheless, Bangladesh does not exist within a
bubble, as such the introduction of new technologies to the ancient practice of
farming is one that is being witnessed all across the globe.

 

Information
and communication have always been important in agriculture. From the beginning
of agriculture-based society, people have sought information from one another.
Farmers in a rural area may have planted the same crops for centuries, but over
time, weather patterns and soil conditions change and epidemics of pests and
diseases come and go. Updated information allows farmers to cope with and maybe
even get advantage from these changes. It is in the context of globalizing
agriculture where the need for information becomes most important. Thus, as one
of the fastest developing countries, the Bangladeshi government has been trying
to harness ICT for use in sustainable development of agriculture. Additionally,
while the agricultural sector is not attractive to the younger generations, ICT
innovations have contributed to engaging their interests.

 

The
examination of the socio-cultural perspectives of ICT insofar as its potential
to promote the livelihoods of Bangladeshi farmers is of great interest to
advancement of this field. Furthermore, the study will investigate whether ICT
can provide a sustainable solution for some of the challenges that rural people
face. Factors that must be examined in order to develop a comprehensive
understanding of the situation include gauging the perception and acceptability
of ICT by the rural population and its use in promoting farming with a goal of sustainable
development. In order to properly integrate modern ICT with the present realities
of agricultural development, we must first ensure that the proper framework for
such an interaction exists. For example, access to information through the
Internet or mobile telecommunications. Once this structural scaffolding has
been established, the best adaptation strategies for farmers with these
technologies must be determined based on the factors that are suspected to
influence these choices. Furthermore, we must always look towards the future.
As such, the involvement of the younger generations must also be assessed and
monitored. Ultimately, the potentials and challenges of adopting ICT in
agriculture must be reported in order to determine the nest course of action in
this discussion.

 

Previous
studies on ICT have focused on the general roles of ICT on agriculture without
giving particular attention to socio-cultural aspects and youth involvement.
There is also a lack of critical analysis on the application and use of ICT in
rural agricultural development, particularly at the grassroots level. A
comprehensive understanding of the correlation between ICT and the rural
livelihoods is still lacking in Bangladesh. However, this research is important
because it will bring about knowledge and understanding of the concrete
benefits derived from ICT for sustainable development in agriculture. I also anticipate
that results from these kinds of studies will contribute towards the
development and strengthening of ICT related livelihood strategies. Moreover,
these studies will highlight the gap that exists between ICT developments in Bangladesh’s
agricultural sector. The studies will also give framework and models to
elaborate speculations and links that are required to broaden reasonable ICT
access and administration to rural farmers and advance locally fitting ICT
developments.

 

I
am keen to immerse myself in research on the relations between livelihood,
agriculture, and poverty, always paying special attention to the question of
how to steward ICT in sustainable ways. Moreover, I am particularly keen to
study Sociology at your University because there are many research
opportunities for graduate students. Those opportunities are excellent ways in
which students can enhance their research skills, deepen their knowledge, and
learn directly from the mentorship provided by the distinguished faculty
members.

 

Significantly,
my purpose is to develop my skills and knowledge of studying human society and culture
to bolster my career as a researcher. Additionally, sociology is a field which
can give an overview of social research. A degree in this subject integrates
humanities and sciences, accomplishing an expansive reach that could lead to a
variety of careers. Furthermore, I want to train myself in a variety of
research approaches and traditions in pursuing a master’s degree. I also want
to develop a strong theoretical foundation in the field to participate in its
vibrant intellectual life. I have a strong desire to follow the master’s degree
up with a Ph.D. and would like to work with others to expand the areas of
research and development.

 

Moreover,
it is my belief that this graduate program will provide me with a more clear
idea about the process of utilizing the academic models and theories in the
practical working field. I know that I have the potential, but all I need is the
proper environment and support. I hope that the help and guidance provided by
the distinguished faculty of your university will be invaluable in this regard.
I am confident that if I am given the chance to learn at your institution,
which pulls in a portion of the best graduates from around the world, it will
be an environment sufficiently focused to draw out the best in me. Thus, I will
be able to reach my goal and I am eagerly looking for that.