The significance of the StudyThis study enables Ethiopian agricultural sectors to consider alternative ways of deploying information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructures for an effective and efficient cultivation. In addition, gives insight to the ministry of agriculture (MOA) and concerned government sectors on how to invest ICT budget on Ethiopian agricultural sectors (EAS).
In addition, serve as a bridge for the gap between farmers, agricultural experts, soil testing labs, agriculture market and other agriculture-related institutions. Additionally, the study will be used as a baseline for further studies of this new emerged ICT utilization to be considered in different governmental and nongovernmental organization of Ethiopian in the flied of agriculture. The proposed cloud-based framework will be used as a baseline for Ethiopian agricultural sectors ICT managers on how to integrate service through cloud computing technology, implemented and used in Ethiopian agricultural sectors.1.6. Organization of Thesis The rest of this study is organized as follows: Chapter two covered related literature on the basic concept of cloud computing: characteristics, service types, deployment models, cloud benefits for agricultural sector, and related works done on cloud-based service frameworks locally and abroad in order to understand how it used in agriculture sectors.
Chapter three describes the research methodology and strategy that aims to identify the potential cloud solutions that could be provided to the agricultural sector. Primary data collection and analysis technique were described as information acquisition method. Validity and reliability requirements also identified. In Chapter four, backgrounds of a framework for building the proposed Cloud-based Framework to deliver agriculture as service, the detail subsystem of the proposed cloud-based framework, the architectural components of the proposal for implementing a framework are given. Chapter five presents the results of the interview described in chapter three. The data collection method utilized was the semi-structured interview that provided both control and direction through a list of the question under interview. Additionally, technological requirement identification for EAS also presented. In chapter six the implementation of the prototype and tools used to develop the framework have discussed.
Finally, in chapter seven conclusions about the research and suggestions for future research direction were presented.