Limpopo farmers with cell phones

Limpopo farmers sell fresh produce by cellphone.

Off the Blogafrica site.

Off Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England site.

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Mark Pollock
Mark Pollock
2022 years ago

Thanks for posting that. I had a conversation with a techie colleague over a year ago about exactly the same thing – getting good market information to primary suppliers. We ran aground on the problem of getting the technology to the suppliers for an affordable price. He was suggesting a big end solution – the carriers and vendors doing the heavy lifting (charity) and I was suggesting a charitable intervention (Oxfam collecting Nokia 5110s (with chargers) and shipping them off to Africa for resale on the second hand market – capitalism).

This sort of thing could make a real difference.

Rafe
2022 years ago

Check this out Mark, geeks vs poverty in West Africa
http://www.geekcorps.org/

Mark Pollock
Mark Pollock
2022 years ago

Ta.

Rafe
2022 years ago

More on the sim card stampede in Ethiopia.
http://www.meskelsquare.com/archives/2005/03/the_sim_card_st.html

Mar Pollock
Mar Pollock
2022 years ago

That was intersting too. I predict some pretty horrendous billing problems with those 200,000 SIM cards. I doubt if there are too many direct debit opportunities over there.