Posted on May 29, 2008 by Shital
SciDev.Net brings attention to Digital Green, a project that uses digital video to disseminate information to small and marginal farmers in India. Recently, Digital Green won the culture category in the Stockholm Challenge Awards. According to its website, the project originated from Microsoft’s research team in India. Working with GREEN Foundation, the project is explained by the following:
The system includes a digital video database, which is produced by farmers and experts. The content within this repository is of various types, and sequencing enables farmers to progressively become better farmers. Content is produced and distributed over a hub and spokes-based architecture in which farmers are motivated and trained by the recorded experiences of local peers and extension staff. In contrast to traditional extension systems, we follow two important principles: (1) cost realism, essential if we are to scale the system up to a significant number of villages and farmers; and (2) building systems that solve end-to-end agricultural issues with interactivity that develops relationships between people and content.
Essentially, the project is a way to spread useful information to even illiterate farmers, using networks that they can trust (i.e. other villages, farmers in similar situations). The short documentary below further explains Digital Green’s work.
Filed under: Agriculture, Grassroots Initiatives, NGOs and Non-profits, Research, Technology | Tagged: Digital Green, digital video, farmers, GREEN Foundation, ICT, SciDev.Net, Stockholm Challenge Awards | 1 Comment »
Posted on April 9, 2008 by Vinay
In March we wrote on this magazine’s March issue on the Gujurati Model. Well, the April version of Pragati has been released with a focus on farmers in India. Click on the image below to download the issue in .pdf format.
[Source: Atanu Dey]
Filed under: Agriculture, Grassroots Initiatives | Tagged: April 2008, farmers, Pragathi | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 13, 2008 by Vinay
Here are some stories on government efforts to help stimulate positive change:
The health ministry is planning to open standalone dialysis centres across the country, much like pathological labs, where patients can undergo the life-saving procedure at a minimal rate.
Khonoma, a Naga village and a site for Tragopan sanctuary in north-east India, has set an example for eco-friendly tourism. If the Centre for Environmental Education’s awareness programme was a catalyst, the real thrust came from the village council, which played a crucial role in the nature conservation effort.
A modernisation programme by the Ministry of Earth Sciences will warn farmers about weather changes well in advance. The agro meteorological service centres of Indian Meteorological Department will be responsible for translating weather forecasts into farm advisories
SAARC countries have recently launched the South Asia Food Security Programme with an estimated cost of US$ 25 million. Together Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will strive to improve crop production and nutrition in the region by pooling together scientific and natural resources.
Filed under: Agriculture, Environment, Government, Health, Trade | Tagged: Centre for Environmental Education, dialysis centres, eco-tourism, farmers, Health Ministry, Indian Meteorological Department, Khonoma, rains, SAARC, South Asia Food Security Programme, Tragopan sanctuary | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 29, 2008 by Vinay
The solution, basically a supply chain management system (SCM), streamlines the supply of primarily fruits and vegetables from the farmers to the retailers, known in India as Mandis. The application takes care of a lot of aspects ranging from profiling of farmer clusters, scheduling, tracking, and traceability.
Filed under: Agriculture, BoP, CSR, Technology, Trade | Tagged: farmers, ICT, Infosys, supply chain management, Watblog.com | 4 Comments »