Originally posted on Blackboard by Lisa Podolsky
One of the key problems of ICT Programs in underdeveloped countries is reaching beyond the technological capability of the underdeveloped communities, causing the technologies to be unsuccessful. Twenty-nine-year-old Nnaemeka Ikegwuono found a solution to this problem using radio waves to reach farmers in rural areas of Africa without cell phone service. Mr. Ikegwuono set up a radio station broadcasting agricultural tips, market price information, and financial planning skills for farmers 10 hours a day. Farmers are able to use small solar-powered hanset mobile technology to radio in questions and share their stories. With help from the new radio programming, many farmers have been able to raise their incomes from 50 cents a day to nearly 85 cents or $1 a day. I like the idea of using technology to reach rural areas, and especially the technology being usable and sustainable.