1 Ph.D. students in Agricultural Development at Yasouj University, Iran & Young Researchers and Elite Club, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad, Iran

2 Professor., Dep. of Agricultural management and Development, Agricultural and natural Resources College, University of Tehran, Iran

3 Assistant Professor, Agricultural faculty, University of Razi, Kermanshah, Iran

4 Assistant Professor, Department of Rural Development, College of Agriculture, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran


Despite entering ICT in many villages of Iran, many capabilities of this technology in rural areas has not been paid much attention and exploitation due to lack of recognition of driving and hindering factors. In fact, without recognition of mentioned factors, any action would result in the loss of human and material resources. Accordingly, the purpose of this study was to analyze the driving and hindering factors of ICT development in villages of central part of Najaf Abad County. The study is a descriptive and survey research. The statistical population of the study consisted of all the experts of Jihad-e Keshavarzi, Post, Post bank, communication and rural ICT offices (55 people). Validity of the questionnaire confirmed by experts’ view and reliability of research tool measured by calculating Cronbach-Alpha coefficient (over 0.9). The results of factor analysis showed that four factors including cultural - information, infrastructural, service and facilities - institutional determined as driving factors explained 73.17 percent of total variance and four factors including infrastructural weakness, cultural weakness, social-regional underdevelopment and technical- skills weakness determined as hindering factors of ICT development in villages of central part of Najaf Abad County which explained 58.49 percent of total variance.


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