Perspectives

Making technology appropriate

Irrigation has never been common in most of sub-Saharan Africa. The climate has enabled farmers to grow their crops, quite successfully, under rainfed-only conditions. B...

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Efficiency in full flow

Few farmers use irrigation. What are the main limiting factors?Irrigation has always been fairly expensive option for small-scale farmers. You also need the right enviro...



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FEATURED TECHNOLOGY: Hardware

A climate mashup..

‘In many parts of the world agricultural systems are based largely on tradition. Farmers have been able to rely on the methods used by their forefathers because.....

VoIP in the wilderness..

With no fixed-line service and mobile phone operators reluctant to invest in rural areas, the Fantsuam Foundation decided to provide VoIP to customers on its wire......

The complete package..

Computers for Schools Kenya does more than just give away old computers. For them training, education, partnerships and policy change are just as important. Sinc......

Lessons out loud..

The Talking Book, a robust handheld audio computer, records locally produced agricultural and literacy information for Ghanaian farmers to play back in their own......

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FEATURED Theme: Issue no. 76 - Mobile finance - next stop for agriculture

Beyond cash..

SmartMoney has grown from a small intervention targeting market inefficiencies between rural farmers and agriculture organisations to a community-wide rural payme......

The agricultural mobile fin.....

Emerging innovations in mobile finance are revolutionising the agricultural value chain and giving farmers greater access to a range of financial services. ...

Big data for smallholders..

The Financial Identity Risk Management solution will provide consumer protection while enabling lenders to offer credit that can improve a borrower’s life and lif......

Reducing supply chain credi.....

A mobile platform called MoBiashara aims to reduce supply chain credit risk and compute an alternative credit scoring that promotes access to finance. ...

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