Title: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Greek agribusiness enterprises' adoption of information communication technologies and e-commerce

Authors: Stratos Moschidis; Christina Karamichalakou; Athanasios C. Thanopoulos

Addresses: Independent President's Office, Hellenic Statistical Authority, Greece ' Business Statistics Division, Hellenic Statistical Authority, Greece ' Hellenic Statistical Authority, Greece

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the agribusiness sector and specifically on the use of informatics and communication technologies (ICTs). The study uses data from the ICT survey of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) for the years 2019 and 2021 and compares the answers for the same variables of the exact same agribusiness enterprises concerning the use of the internet and e-commerce and analyses them with methods of exploratory statistical analysis and unsupervised learning. The analysis of the data highlights the changes, the opportunities, and limitations in the use of ICT by companies in this sector, contributing to the further study of the phenomenon of ICT adoption in enterprises while offering an informative snapshot of Greek agribusiness to people who formulate policies or determine decision-making at domestic and European level, researchers and stakeholders.

Keywords: ICT adoption; agribusiness; Hellenic Statistical Authority; official statistics; agricultural management; agricultural economics; agricultural informatics; exploratory statistics; sustainable development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSAMI.2022.125763

International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics, 2022 Vol.8 No.3, pp.278 - 299

Received: 13 Jan 2022
Accepted: 02 May 2022

Published online: 27 Sep 2022 *

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