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Issue 38 Refurbished computers

August 2007

Specialist charities and businesses, and increasingly computer manufacturers, are taking old computers and shipping them out to organizations in developing countries whose budgets do not stretch to the latest models.

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Issue 37 Podcasting

June 2007

Podcasting has been around since 2004 but it is still very much at the experimental stage when it comes to applying it to development efforts. In this issue we highlight some early initiatives from...

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Issue 36 Financial services

April 2007

Traditionally, the major banks have been reluctant to extend their services to rural communities in developing countries. It is simply not profitable enough for banks to set up branches in ‘the middle of nowhere’.

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Issue 35 Coping with Climate Change

December 2006

Developing countries will suffer far more from the impacts of global warming than the big polluters in Europe and North America. Soil erosion and desertification will affect ACP countries far more than Europe and North America.

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Issue 34 Film-making farmers

November 2006

In the last ten years, the prices of digital video cameras have dropped almost as sharply as those of mobile phones. This, together with the advent of cheap desktop video-editing software aimed at the...

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Issue 33 Urban Agriculture

September 2006

At some point over the course of 2005, notes urbanist Mike Davis in Planet of Slums, an investigation into the world’s poorest cities, the world’s population made the epochal shift from rural to predominantly urban.

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Issue 32 Traceability

June 2006

The European Union, the United States, Australia, Japan and other Northern regions have over the last few years introduced tough new traceability requirements covering farm products entering their ports.

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Issue 31 Soils

March 2006

As many other parts of the world, ACP countries have seen their soils severely degraded over the last 100 years, largely due to overcultivation, overgrazing, extensive fuelwood gathering, increased...

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Issue 30 Precision Agriculture

January 2006

This issue of ICT Update focuses on precision farming, an advanced e-agriculture application that ICT experts are calling a true agricultural revolution. Still in its infancy, precision farming...

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Issue 29 WSIS-2

November 2005

For African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries sustainable agricultural and rural development is crucial in the efforts to eradicate poverty. Accordingly, the discussions of WSIS-2 should urgently...

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