Limpopo farmers sell fresh produce by cellphone.
Off the Blogafrica site.
Off Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England site.
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.
Check this out Mark, geeks vs poverty in West Africa
More on the sim card stampede in Ethiopia.
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.