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HI-TECH CELL PHONES HELP AFRICANS TRADE CROPS | balancingact-africa.com
Senegalese company Manobi, which operates on-line systems for businesses in the developing world, first launched the trading platform for farmers and fishermen in the west African nation, and says it has signed up 40,000 customers there.
"It's a trading platform and a business space," said Manobi Chief Executive Daniel Annerose. "Small Senegalese farmers even linked up with the French army (on the platform) last year and agreed to supply one of their ships when it docked in Dakar."
Manobi has teamed up with French cell phone manufacturer Alcatel (CGEP.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) and Vodacom (TKGJ.J: Quote, Profile, Research), to launch the project in South Africa, where it hopes 100,000 farmers will use the system if the Makuleke pilot project takes off.Solar Cookers Taking Hold in Africa: Want to Help? - Planet GreenExperts say projects like this are often hit-and-miss and that Makuleke may not turn out to be sustainable, but that it was important to keep trying ways of improving communications in rural areas of Africa.
"Individual projects like this may not be sustainable, but in a wider context it is an important part of getting telecoms out to the rural areas," said telecommunications expert Arthur Goldstuck, from research group World Wide Worx.
Solar-Powered Irrigation Creates a Harvest of Plenty in Sub-Saharan Africa - Planet GreenThe first model, called the "Solar CooKit," costs about $6.77 to produce, and is still in start-up phase: 500 have been produced in Tanzania, and 1,000 in Senegal (where another 500 were initially imported). The CooKit is made from cardboard and aluminum foil: in Tanzania, the foil is made from recycled Tetra Pak materials. In Senegal, Sol Suffit couldn't find an aluminum foil supplier so for the time being imports from Holland, but it's actually surplus from a packaging plant.
Again, these projects are A) Africa owned and B) African run. Not only do they have the possitive effect of creating jobs (WHICH ARE NEEDED) but they also eliminate the need to spend money on the many curable and preventable deceases that western countries are still paying to fight off.Whereas vegetable intake in most villages increases during the rainy season about 150 grams per person daily, the villages using the solar pumps saw an increase of 250 grams during the dry season, bringing the average daily intake to 750 grams of vegetables per person—the equivalent of the USDA recommendation of five servings of vegetables a day.
There's no mention in the study of a plan to boost supplies of and distribute the solar pumps (they are cheaper in the long run but have higher up-front costs than fuel-based pumps, but irrigation by hand remains a common practice for economic reasons, not because of an aversion to fuel)—but if the research team can tackle that question, sub-Saharan Africa during the dry season will be a much more well-fed, nutritious, and greener place. This is a great start!
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