Ugandan farmers call home

VOA News has a great article (and some audio as well) describing how a Dutch NGO is helping Ugandan farmers exchange agricultural information using mobile phones. If any of the farmers involved has a problem with their cassava, say, or wants to take up a new crop or variety, or get the best price for their honey, the information they need is often just a phone call or sms away. Farmers have great traditional systems for sharing information, but they are often overlooked or at any rate undervalued by development workers. This approach would seem to be a great way of valuing, strengthening and allowing farmers to build on those systems.

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