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    about finding buying and or preparing food for themselves and their families Having to make decisions about food is something we all share It is fundamental to the human condition Last the opportunity to work on a problem that affects a wide number of people incorporating issues like food security and increasing the income of small scale farmers in emerging markets drove Okoye and Puckett to design their SMS service They specifically developed Next2 for those who do not have access to the internet or smartphones The system works on any phone that can send and receive text messages and gives farmers the possibility to share their concerns experience and expertise and to find others with similar interests Local search The two developers built their solution to accomplish two goals First to facilitate the exchange of local agricultural knowledge and expertise between farmers based on common locations and interests Second Next2 promotes the rapid dissemination of agricultural research and best practices to farmers by giving them direct access to information from a wide range of sources using only their cell phones and SMS messaging technology The aim therefore was to provide small scale farmers with the information they would need to improve crop yield product marketing and income Setting up and operating a two way SMS service can be a complex and costly task but this system provides a simple and efficient method of distributing timely customised content without the need for special equipment or expertise and is available at a fraction of the cost of other SMS shortcode and keyword services Next2 designed the service to be as easy to use as possible For example an organisation that wants to publish information by SMS can login on the Next2 website set up a unique account name and add keywords

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/a-simple-exchange-system/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    to share information Next2 s SMS service in Kenya and Nigeria lets farmers share local knowledge Related topics regions Development SMS ICTs Agriculture Kenya 250 000 farmers to get tips on mobile phones Approximately 250 000 small holder farmers in Kenya can now get reliable and relevant agricultural information via their mobile phones following a partnership Related topics regions SMS Agriculture Mobiles An innovative solution for African broadcasters As TV and radio broadcast markets intensify across several liberalised African countries broadcasters need to find solutions to get more interactive with Related topics regions SMS ICTs Africa Mobiles mHealth is booming but riddled with challenges Advancement in mobile technology is improving health care consultations data delivery and outcomes in the developing world However inspite of advances Related topics regions SMS ICTs Health Mobiles Track your cow s development A mobile phone application iCow also the world s first cell phone cow calendar enables small scale farmers in Kenya mostly dairy farmers to access Related topics regions ICTs SMS Africa Africa s innovative engines Will Mutua throws light on how access to the internet and mobile technologies has spurred innovation across the African continent in various in sectors such as Related topics

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/search?Subject%3Alist=SMS (2016-02-17)
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    Contact Us Spotlight News Comments Resources Archive OneWorld websites and resources Governance Knowledge Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info ITC launches interactive mobile telephony for tobacco farmers 21 August 2012 The Indian Leaf Tobacco Development ILTD Division of ITC is exploring mobile telephony based technology tools for personalised farmer communication This comes after the popular e Choupal initiative which transformed the agricultural procurement value chain in the country The service known as Namma Sandesh is an interactive mobile telephony based communication service to farmers for provision of crop advisory on best agronomy practises market prices weather forecast and local news to farmers This platform will provide accurate and timely crop advisory services through mobile phones and the subscribed farmers will regularly receive a combination of voice and SMS messages at regular intervals throughout the crop cycle Mobile phones are now evolving into a powerful communication medium to farmers for improving agricultural productivity and profitability through provision of timely and accurate information The project is being rolled out in Mysore district in Karnataka with more than 5 500 farmers who grow tobacco and ragi with a potential to cover more than

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    a partnership project between Airtel Africa and GSMA Development Fund The innovative project dubbed Sauti ya Mkulima Voice of the Farmer aims to provide farmers with access to pertinent agriculture related information advice and research that will help them make better decisions about their crops increasing the productivity of their yield as well as their potential income The initiative is also aimed at creating a farmer community within which peers

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    of farmers in his area do not even know how to use cell phones Zack has therefore become the bridge between these farmers and the internet Zack pays 50 Kenyan shillings 0 50 euro everyday to access the internet from his phone an amount that is beyond the reach of his fellow farmers Zack has tried to bring these farmers the information that they so desperately need The initial challenge was to identify the most effective and inexpensive platform to reach and interact with a community of 10 000 people within a radius of 50 km He came up with the idea for the network of notice boards an initiative he calls Leo Pamoja Swahili for together today Specific details Zack gets agricultural related information including details on how to make crops flourish farming methods or market opportunities and translates the message into the local language He puts the message on paper then hangs it up in public places such as churches or the chief s camp frequented by many of the farmers For example Zack read on the internet that a cartel of potato buyers were buying potatoes from farmers using 130 kg bags instead of the usual 110 kg sacks but were not paying the farmers the correct price Zack has also used the camera on his phone to take pictures of people encroaching a nearby forest which is one of the biggest water catchment areas in Kenya Such encroachment could affect the water supply in the area He posted pictures of the encroachers on Facebook which has more than 1 5 million users in Kenya Zack also talked to officials from the NGO Forest Action Network and presented them with the photographic evidence prompting the organisation to build a fence round the water catchment area Elated by

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    to make all government websites disabled friendly most of Related topics regions Web Disability India Thailand to launch e service to monitor water use Provincial Waterworks Authority of Thailand PWA will launch a new e service for water users to access real time water consumption expenses on the Government Related topics regions Development ICTs Web A bridge between farmers and the web Kenyan farmer Zack Matere searches the web for

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    websites and resources Governance Knowledge Centre Lifelines EK duniya anEK awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Social media help farmers restore lost crops 03 September 2012 Along with other forms of social media Twitter is bridging the gap between farmers and consumers Social media has also buoyed the small non commodity farmers suffering from drought Take Harvest Moon Farms for example The 35 acre organic operation in southwest Wisconsin owned by Bob and Jen Borchardt has suffered horribly from the drought Recent rains came too late to save the Borchardts greens their principle crop Tweets cannot restore lost crops but they can help leverage dollars and other aid The Borchardts are staging a string of fundraisers called Drought Aid 2012 to recoup some of their losses A Chicago photographer named Grant Kessler has assembled a social media campaign behind it He created a webpage for a video see below Bob made and publicized it all via Twitter and Facebook The video and the donate button on their website was immediately successful says Kessler In the first 10 days it garnered 10 000 through the website alone This was heavily supported by Twitter and Facebook posts

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    Cone b Communications Director at Related topics regions Aid Social Media Information Social Media breaking barriers in South Africa Social networking in South Africa has crossed the age barrier the urban rural divide and even the relationship gap according to a new research Related topics regions Facebook Africa IT Social Media How India s educational TV channel emerged Does a country of 1 2 billion not deserve educational TV channels Dr R Sreedher Media expert and Community Radio Practitioner opines that if an innovative Related topics regions Development Social Media ICTs Social media help farmers restore lost crops Along with other forms of social media Twitter is bridging the gap between farmers and consumers Social media has also buoyed the small non commodity Related topics regions Social Media ICTs Agriculture Nigeria Social media a double edged sword In the aftermath of the killing of a Nigerian lady by online friends educationists engage in a robust debate on the dangers of an unrestricted internet Related topics regions Social Media Internet Africa Digital Tanzania Social media boosts constitutional review Nearly one million Tanzanians have so far given their views on the desired contents of the envisaged Constitution Related topics regions Social Media Africa Technology Internet Social media will increase donations for NGOs expert Indian NGOs pick up the fine aspects of social media and how this can leverage their work and create visibility in a networked world Related topics regions Social Media India Nasscom Foundation Nigeria Govt reveals plans to censor social media The Nigerian online community with its over 48 million internet users and rapidly growing social media users has metamorphosed into the country s most Related topics regions Social Media ICT Africa Digital India Social media as game changer in elections A recent event organised by the Center for Internet

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