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Notes to Broadcasters on mobile phones and agriculture:

As you see in this article, cell phones can save farmers time and money by sending and receiving information about weather conditions for their crops or market prices for their products.

According to the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union, cellular subscribers accounted for about 75 per cent of all African phone users in 2004.

Effective communication methods, such as cell phones, have improved competitiveness among traders, which can ultimately mean better prices for farmers.

You may wish to gauge the opinion of your listeners or do research for a story about cellular technologies and agriculture. Here are some questions that might help you:
– How do farmers in your area sell their products?
– Do farmers in your area have access to cell phones? If so, do they use an SMS system to receive market prices or sell their goods?
– Have farmers in your area increased their incomes by using cellular technologies?
– Do farmers use their cell phones to receive and exchange other information that could help them in their fields?

If you interview farmers who use mobile technology, we would be very interested to hear their stories. Email hmiller@farmradio.org, or add their stories to the FRW website in the comments section of the article “Africa: Farmers do business over cell phones”

Other resources on SMS and Internet technology for farmers:
-The official website of Tradenet is offered in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese: www.tradenet.biz.
-A short video about Tradenet operations in Ghana:

-Video of a farmer who has benefited from the services of Tradenet SMS:

– A similar project to Tradenet in Kenya – Kenya Agriculture Commodity Exchange (KACE): http://www.mistowa.org/files/mis_training2005/presentations/C4_KACE_Linking_smallholder_farmers_to_markets_ (Ochieng_KACE_en).pdf.
-Xam Marsé, a service that sends daily text messages on the prices and products in the markets of Senegal: http://www.manobi.sn/sites/sn/.

– E-agriculture: http://www.e-agriculture.org/home.html?&no_cache=1&L=1.

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