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Making agricultural technologies work in developing countries
By admin June 25, 2014

From ONE.org: http://www.one.org/us/2011/10/28/low-tech-solutions-in-a-high-tech-world/

From ONE.org: http://www.one.org/us/2011/10/28/low-tech-solutions-in-a-high-tech-world/

 

Technology is changing the world, including the agriculture sector. According to a report released by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in April 2014, agricultural technologies have tripled worldwide food production over the past 50 years. But we still see pictures of people in Asia and Africa farming with their bare hands, still struggling to survive, and may wonder: why don’t they utilize these magical technologies?

 

There are three big obstacles: money, knowledge, and applicability. The farmers are too poor to buy high-tech products, and they don’t have enough knowledge to use them. Besides, these technologies have shown to be mismatched for the capacities of small-holder farmers, especially those in Southeast Asia and in Africa.

 

However, introducing low-tech solutions to these places may be a promising step for the journey of agricultural modernization. For example, Kenya has developed human-powered irrigation pumps that can irrigate an acre of land but only cost $34 to purchase. This simple technology has lifted 380,000 people out of poverty since 1998. Another example will be storage facilities that provide farmers with a dry place to hold their grains, and that prevent pests and water entering. This is critical to Asian countries such as India and Myanmar as rice goes moldy due to the humidity.

 

And this is not only a chance for technology companies but also for other businesses. Farmers need to learn how to use machines, how to pick up the right seeds, and how to get access to weather and climate conditions, which is an enormous market for educational organizations to explore. Insurance firms can also gain benefits by providing products to farmers to reduce their risks. This is already happening in parts of China, yet there are a lot of untapped markets where opportunities are hidden. The seed companies, the delivery services, the market traders, and even the financial sector can find their unique opportunities within these regions. It may take a long time to get there, but acknowledging the enormous opportunity and potential is the first step.

 

For more information:

–       http://deltafarmpress.com/blog/agricultural-technology-absolutely-essential-meet-world-food-needs

–      http://www.kauffman.org/~/media/kauffman_org/research%20reports%20and%20covers/2014/04/agtech_challenges_opportunities_for_sustainable_growth.pdf

–       http://www.one.org/us/2011/10/28/low-tech-solutions-in-a-high-tech-world/

–       http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/847599.shtml


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