e-Agriculture.org is a global initiative to enhance sustainable agricultural development and food security by improving the use of information, communication, and associated technologies in the sector.
From 20-30 April 2009 e-agriculture will be hosting a virtual forum in Spanish on Mobile Telephony in Rural Areas (Foro de telefonía móvil en áreas rurales). The forum is a continuation of an English-language initiative undertaken by e-agriculture in November 2008. Participants will examine the challenges that rural communities face in enhancing the benefits of mobile telephony, and look at some examples of interesting initiatives and good outcomes from around the globe.
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by Bruce Girard
In Mali broadcasters search the internet to find answers to listeners’ questions, translate them to local languages, and encourage discussion and learning around issues of public interest. Without the internet Mali’s rural radio stations used a handful of old books and last week’s newspaper as main sources of information, but with access and training they are able to find information on the internet and help discover solutions to community problems. They are only able to do this because visionary policies and programmes enabled community radio and provided them with internet access and training.
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