VetAfrica app helps rural and remote farmers diagnose cattle

A new phone app called VetAfrica, developed by Cojengo, allows remote farmers in East Africa to access information on livestock illnesses without waiting for a vet to visit. Crowd-sourced and expert information is available anywhere there is a connection to the internet, which helps farmers diagnose and care for their cattle.

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A $25 Smartphone Aimed at Emerging Markets

Mozilla has developed a $25 smartphone aimed at the emerging markets of the Global South. Boasting internet access, a decent camera, and a suite of basic apps, the phone is set to revolutionize mobile technology in the Global South, where up to 80% of the population already uses a standard mobile. Accessible mobile internet access will have a major impact …

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Braille Smartphone Gives New Meaning to “Touch Screen”

Young Indian innovator Sumit Dagar has invented the world’s first smartphone for the blind. The Braille smartphone will have many of the same features as current smartphones, enabling blind people to benefit more fully from the technological revolution. Dagar developed the idea for the smartphone during his studies for a Master’s degree in interaction design at the National Institute of …

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Mobile Rapid Diagnostic Testing: Helping Farmers Protect Crops, People in East Africa

Farming in the Global South has always been a delicate task. A lack of modern farming tools and methods and a susceptibility to floods or droughts makes farming a precarious task that often results in low crop yields. Crops can fall victim to poison-inducing fungi which, when untreated, can cause severe illness in those who consume them. One of the …

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Guerilla Phone Technology for the Global South

Bringing mobile phone access to the world’s most remote communities is a two-fold challenge. These areas lack basic infrastructure and developing it is costly. Major telecoms are reticent to invest in these communities because the low number of customers means they are unlikely to make a profit. Range Networks, a company based in San Francisco, uses open source software and …

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Connecting Small Farmers to Big Markets in Mali

In 2005, Tree Aid and Sahel Eco collaborated to address market-access issues confronting Malian farmers through the Mali Shea Tulu project. As Mali is one of the largest countries in Africa, farmers and producers are often located far from commercial centers. This logistical challenge limits producers’ ability to identify buyers for their products and often makes them reliant upon local …

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Another Feel-Good App Wastes an Opportunity

  The United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), works to improve the lives of children living in poverty by providing health care, clean water and sanitation, and emergency relief. New this year to UNICEF is the Tap Project, an initiative that seeks to provide children world-wide with safe drinking water through an app that purports to save lives if the …

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Smartphones Diagnose Eye Conditions Globally at Low-Cost

Over half of the world’s population, around 4 billion people, require eyeglasses. More than half of those people do not have access to eye tests. A program called NetraG aims to link people who need eye care with professionals via smartphone technology, providing a revolution in vision correction. Their solution is affordable and accessible, allowing individuals to test their own eyesight …

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