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Two week weather forecasts please
Written by Administrator
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 20:05
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So Nigel tells me from his recent research asking farmers in 4 countries about their information needs that many of them are frustrated by the current weather forecasts. A daily forecast is not so much use - they want a two week forecast so they can take those stategic decisions whether to plough, plant or harvest. Makes sense.

 
e-ag forum - mobile telephony in rural areas
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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 19:59
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FAO have run a number of e-fora on their e-agriculture site. I think this one is likely to be of widespread interest because it's scope is much broader than agriculture

 
Instant Messaging is a way forward.....
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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 19:58
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A new technology has crept onto the African scene that has enabled a step change in the way that the poor can access and share information. This concept note outlines why we believe that Instant Messaging (IM) through services such as Mxit can make a significant difference to the provision and impact of information services. It proposes a programme of action research that will use such services to prove the concept and enhance existing services.

 
Why we will never see MXit in UK - but its great for Africa
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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 18:44
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Why won't we see Mxit in the Developed Countries? Interestingly this is one of those technologies that has an easy fit to Africa even though it may never gain traction in developed countries.

 
Social Impact of Mobiles - top research reports
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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 18:42
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The GSMA Development Fund's 2008 report "Research on the Economic and Social Impact of Mobile Communications in Developing Countries" lists one of our reports as one of the Top 20 studies in this area. The report referred to is "The Economic Impact of Telecommunications on Rural Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction: a study of Rural Communities in India, Mozambique, and Tanzania" (which can be found on the TelAfrica.org website).

 
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