Empowering Indian Farmers With Mobile Phone Market Applications

mobile_phone_app.jpgAzeem Azhar brought to my attention a very interesting project that he’s been working on with Indian farmers that exemplifies the best of leapfrog technology. It’s a system to provide accurate weather forecasts, as well as pricing data for their crops, sent to their mobile phones. The pilot project, detailed in the London Times, is being implemented by Reuters. Among the benefits are better preparedness for monsoon rains as well as better data about where and when to take crops to market. Currently, an astonishing 1/3 of vegetables grown in India fail to reach market before they rot – a result of a myriad of inefficiencies. This sounds like a great business opportunity for eveyone involved, particularily the poor and hungry.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

2 responses

  1. This is fantastic and the type of opportunity and innovation that I believe is what “sustainability” is all about. We provide “free of charge” advertising to entrepreneurial solutions that meet the need of developing countries. We are young and looking to get the word out. We call the companies that we showcase “Spangy Innovation Partners” (SIPs), so please let the world know we are out there and growing. http://www.spangy.com

  2. The surface-level economic benefits of internet penetration belie the depth of possibility in rural communities. The vast array of information currently online, coupled with the Open Access educational movements, will ultimately bring all of humanity’s collective knowledge to the masses. Since this is the most efficient way for us as a planet to progress, let’s find ways to make this happen! Imagine Skyping with third world villagers whose network connections you just funded! http://thesubcontinental.blogspot.com/

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