A crash course in changing the world.
"So far the project has trained about 170,000 farmers to use the Internet. And since mid-2007, farmers in the region's Pingluo County have used the centre to sell produce worth an estimated 230 million yuan (US$34 million).
By providing economically valuable and relevant information on agricultural technologies and markets, the operators have secured growth in the use of their services and created sustainable returns."
Mobile phones & Bicycles!
Also great source of information on Africa
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Your post reminds me that we need to be careful not to cling to a romanticized view of life in rural, developing nations. Over half the population in developing nations have mobile phones, according to the ITU (link: http://j.mp/cnEdpZ), double the number just 5 years ago.