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Farming pesticides hinder malaria fight

Agricultural use of pyrethroid insecticides in Africa linked to mosquito resistance to the chemicals, paper shows.

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Advocates urge U.S. to cease support for African agriculture initiative

A program meant to help agriculture in Africa is causing more harm than good and should be closed, says an advocacy group. The 3-year-old New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition allowed large corporations to make land grabs that are to the detriment of small farmers, according to a new report by ActionAid. Released ahead

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Building Sustainability: Lessons from Swazi Cotton

Editor’s note: Many thanks to Georgia Barrie and GSMA for letting us cross-post this wonderful blog post! It’s fantastic to hear about a case study that focussed so hard on the sustainability and business model of the intervention itself. Bravo TechnoServe

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Mobile Phones and Rural Livelihoods: Diffusion, Uses, and Perceived Impacts…

Author: Lee Martin, Brandie, Eric Abbott Publication Type: Journal article Publication Date: Nov 2011 Publisher/Journal: Information Technologies and International Development Publication language: English Abstract: To successfully use mobile phones to aid development efforts, understanding the impact of the social structure on mobile phone adoption, uses, perceived impacts, and reinvention of uses is invaluable. Interviews were conducted with 90 mobile phone-owning holders of small-to-medium-sized farms, 50 women and 40 men, actively involved in agricultural development-based farm groups in Kamuli District, Uganda. Respondents indicated use of the mobile phone for coordinating access to agricultural inputs, market information, to monitor finanancial transactions, and to consult with agricultural experts. Over time, the number and variety of agricultural uses increased among all users, indicating that adoption occurs for a few key purposes, but that uses will be added or reinvented to meet changing needs. This study identified a number of unique uses, including storing local market trends in the calendar, using the speakerphone function for group consultation with agricultural experts, and taking photos of agricultural demonstrations Location Countries: Uganda Research Paper – Link to or Upload Paper URL: http://itidjournal.org/itid/ar…

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How to Use Text Messaging as an Effective Behaviour Change Campaigning…

Author: Text to Change and FrontlineSMS Publication Type: Report/White paper Publication Date: Mar 2012 Publication language: English Abstract: SMS can be an effective campaigning tool, helping to drive positive social change byincreasing awareness of key issues and giving people the information they need to take their well-being into their own hands. SMS is ideal for these types of campaigns in many ways: it is immediateand intimate, coming straight to a device you carry with youmost of the time; it works even in places where other digitalcommunications channels fail; and, if received at the righttime, it can provide an incredibly meaningful intervention. However, getting SMS campaigns right is not simple. This white paper seeks to introduce some key points to think about when planning to use SMS for behavioral change campaigning. Theright content, delivered at the right time in the right context,is critical.

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The Mobile Learning Toolkit: How Can Mobiles Be Used for Interactive…

Mobile education projects haven’t replaced face-to-face teaching, but they can be a valuable addition to lessons. The Mobile Learning Toolkit , written by Jenni Parker and developed for my.coop (an organization that teaches agricultural cooperative management techniques to people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America), is an adaptable work that outlines techniques for using mobile technology in educational training systems. The Mobile Learning Toolkit is broken down into four sections, focusing on Delivering Content, Gathering Feedback, Assigning Tasks, and Providing Support.

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The Intersection of Mobile Tech and Tobacco Control

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Sameer Pujari, Virginia Arnold, Vinayak Prasad, and Rahoul Ahuja from the WHO’s Tobacco Free Initiative . The global tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. According to the World Health Organization’s 2011 Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic , tobacco kills more than 6 million people per year and is expected to increase to 8 million by 2030.

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Connected Agriculture: The Role of Mobile in Driving Efficiency and…

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A Participatory Designed M-Agriculture Solution for Rural Livelihood…

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ICTs for Agricultural Extension: A Study in the Indian Himalayan Region

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The Developmental Contribution from Mobile Phones Across the Agricultural…

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Calling It In: Awaaz.De Provides A Voice-Based Information Platform

How can you share information across rural areas with limited or non-existent Internet connections? This is the question that Awaaz.De , an India-based organization that uses interactive-voice-response (IVR) systems to share information on mobile phones, is working to answer. Co-created by Neil Patel and Tapan Parikh, both at the University of California at Berkeley, Awaaz.De is used by organizations to share information with voice as the primary channel

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Sauti ya Wakulima

Sauti ya wakulima, “The voice of the farmers”, is a collaborative, multimedia knowledgebase created by farmers from the Chambezi region of the Bagamoyo District in Tanzania. By using smartphones, farmers gather audiovisual evidence of their practices, and publish images and voice recordings on the Internet. Since March 2011, the participants of Sauti ya wakulima , a group of five men and five women, gather every Monday at the agricultural station in Chambezi

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Sauti ya Wakulima

Sauti ya wakulima, “The voice of the farmers”, is a collaborative, multimedia knowledgebase created by farmers from the Chambezi region of the Bagamoyo District in Tanzania. By using smartphones, farmers gather audiovisual evidence of their practices, and publish images and voice recordings on the Internet. Since March 2011, the participants of Sauti ya wakulima , a group of five men and five women, gather every Monday at the agricultural station in Chambezi

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