The Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MIFAFF) in Korea has made an abundant effort to develop agricultural/rural informatization since the 1990’s. Initially, it focused on the development of three different types of infrastructure to bridge the gap between rural and urban areas: household personal computer (PC) penetration, Internet use, and broadband Internet connection accessibility. The 81% of broadband accessibility in 2002 increased to 100% in rural areas in 2007. In addition, from 1998 to 2002, a total of 241,356 farmers took diverse education programs provided by MIFAFF. As a big effort from MIFAFF, Food and Agro-product e-commerce of Farmers has also increased continuously; as of 2009, its transaction is estimated as 1.89 billion USD. Many projects on u-Farm have been launched for future intelligent farming. However, MIFAFF are now facing new challenges.
Moon, Junghoon; Kim, Jin Ki; and Rhee, Cheul, "The Role of Government to Bridge Digital Gap between Urban and Rural Area in Korea" (2009). ICEB 2009 Proceedings. 57.