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Phones Prove Useful Tools for Small Farmers (The Financial Times)

October 15, 2010

The Financial Times quotes Jenny Aker on mobile phones for small farmers in developing countries.

From the article:

In areas where transport is poor, talking to traders before heading off on a long journey to market saves time, says Jenny Aker, assistant professor of economics, at the Fletcher School of Tufts University.

“As a farmer, you can phone around and make a strategic decision before you walk to the market,” says Prof Aker, who has been working in west Africa with non-governmental organisations on a number of mobile phone-related studies and projects. “And it’s not just about information but also co-ordination – while you’re getting the information, you could agree a price with a buyer at the market.”

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