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Do not shake hands
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 20:06
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Nigel made an interesting observation from his trip to Uganda - that whereas in the recent past shaking hands was a long ritual, it has now changed to touching knuckles with a closed fist. This was more so in the villages. When asking why, people say that it is due to ebola - fear of, keeping contact to a minimum. Interesting rapid shift in a very basic cultural greeting! Will it revert to a shake once the ebola fears subside?

 
Two week weather forecasts please
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 20:05
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So Nigel tells me from his recent research asking farmers in 4 countries about their information needs that many of them are frustrated by the current weather forecasts. A daily forecast is not so much use - they want a two week forecast so they can take those stategic decisions whether to plough, plant or harvest. Makes sense.

 
e-ag forum - mobile telephony in rural areas
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 19:59
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FAO have run a number of e-fora on their e-agriculture site. I think this one is likely to be of widespread interest because it's scope is much broader than agriculture

 
Instant Messaging is a way forward.....
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 19:58
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A new technology has crept onto the African scene that has enabled a step change in the way that the poor can access and share information. This concept note outlines why we believe that Instant Messaging (IM) through services such as Mxit can make a significant difference to the provision and impact of information services. It proposes a programme of action research that will use such services to prove the concept and enhance existing services.

 
Why we will never see MXit in UK - but its great for Africa
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 18:44
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Why won't we see Mxit in the Developed Countries? Interestingly this is one of those technologies that has an easy fit to Africa even though it may never gain traction in developed countries.

 
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