Dissemination of InnovativeTechnologies
Mumbi Kimathi and a team from Farm Concern International in Kenya will promote farming-related trade between and around villages in rural Africa with their "e-Women Dial-up Initiative." They will develop a mobile phone platform for communications, and for ordering and paying for farming-related materials, products, and services. They will test their approach in 10 villages in Kenya, consisting of 5,000 farmers, and establish a rural distribution network by recruiting vehicle owners to reduce the need for individuals to be mobile. They will also set up a supply network of accredited materials, services, and business development service providers. Their approach will be evaluated in terms of volumes traded, income, cost- and time-savings, and the level of individual participation.