Saturday, October 15, 2005

Mobile Phones help African Farmers

I love reading about how technology is helping people out. Cell phones and the web in Africa are doing just that. Manobi has given out hundreds of free cell phones to African farmers and fishermen, allowing them to check updated market prices and demand, and allowing them to interact directly with the sellers. Previously, farmers would have to travel to far away markets to sell their goods, with the risk of losing their harvest to the hot sun. The new virtual trading ability on their mobile phones lets them sell directly from their small farms. Not only is the technology boosting farmer's profits by more than 30%, but it is letting them compete with the larger farms. To learn more, visit:

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