Future of farming in the palm of our hand

1 March, 2011 by (comments)

Easy, cost-effective, and entertaining aren’t the first words you’d relate to extension work but this could be the case with Scientific Animations Without Borders, new technology which provides farmers in the developing world with educational videos via their cell phones.

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The how-to videos are about agricultural and health issues – filtering water, eco-efficient pest management, and sustainable farming practices – and can be easily adapted to different languages and accents. The initiative, developed by extension workers and faculty at the University of Illinois, aims to galvanize the 60 per cent of global cell phone users who live in the developing world.

Click to view an example video.

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