Watermelon Seeds with Expiration Dates

Watermelon Seeds

Farmer M is leasing one acre of land. He asked around to find a crop that had good potential revenue and decided to plant watermelon. It was a crop that was coming at the right time. With only 90 days from seed to harvest, if he planted in early March, he expected to see the first crop in the market by May/June 2016. This happens

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Master Class on Organic Vegetable Gardening

Master Class on Organic Vegetable Gardening

Oct 24, 2015 (Saturday) 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Krishi Janani invites you to the Master Class on Organic Vegetable Gardening. This is part of our Organic Food Systems series. Please share with anyone in Coimbatore, Erode, or Tiruppur districts who may be interested.

Learn how to grow organic vegetables and create a garden on your roof or balcony
Prepare (and take home :)) your

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Innovative Solutions for the Food Security Crisis

Rice Farmer in Nepal (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by CIAT)

Guest blog by Kaitlyn Stalnaker (2015 summer intern | LinkedIn Profile), student at the University of Maryland, College Park

For the past three months I have been scouring the internet in search of interesting ag tech news for my company’s Twitter. What I noticed along the way was a growing concern for food security. As so many articles point out, the human population is

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Summer Learning: Oh Goodness, What is ICT?

Summer Internship (© Appropriate IT)

Guest blog by Kaitlyn Stalnaker (2015 summer intern | LinkedIn Profile), student at the University of Maryland, College Park

Have you ever faced a project that made you feel like you’re in over your head? I have. At the start of this year, I applied for an internship with Appropriate IT. This opportunity was seemingly perfect for me as it dealt with business development

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Short Video on Shakthi, our Youth Engagement SaaS Platform


Shakthi is a SaaS platform for private social network, lifelong learning, and social action in a fun and playful environment. It is ideal for youth engagement, learning communities, and knowledge networks.

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Summer Learning: Bottom-Up Approaches in Development

Looking Forward (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by UNDP)

Guest blog by Maren Wenzel (2015 summer intern | LinkedIn Profile), student at John Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies

This blog post is probably supposed to be about all the revelations of my summer internship. However, for me this summer was less about revelatory moments and more about seeing international development from a new angle. That may come across as underwhelming to

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Short Video on Janani, our Citizen Engagement Platform


Janani is Appropriate IT’s open source crowdsourcing and citizen engagement platform. Check out Janani’s product page for more information.

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Payment Banks to Bring DFS & Financial Inclusion to Rural Poor in India

Lamp Seller (Creative Commons) João Almeida

* DFS = Digital Financial Services

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced an ‘in principle’ approval for 11 payment banks this week. And I, with my exalted seat on the sidelines, would like to shout with all the excitement I can muster “don’t stop, keep going.” It is hard to believe that I can be that excited about something that sounds so out of

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Finding Krishi Janani’s Social Value Proposition for Farmers

Krishi Janani Learning the Ropes (cc Appropriate IT)

June was Krishi Janani’s “get out of the office” month. It was intense. We set out to meet as many individuals and institutions along the agriculture value chain as possible. As mentioned earlier, we are utilizing lean startup approaches to build Krishi Janani. Customer discovery and validation are THE opening steps of that approach. As Steve Blank outlines in his customer development model:


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Science, Technology, & Spirituality Must Unite for a Sustainable & Balanced Existence ~ Amma

UNAI Conference on Technology for Sustainable Development (© MA Center)

[Note: Spirituality has always been one of Appropriate IT’s existential questions. Is there spirituality in technology or in running a profitable business? How can we search for this elusive goal? Why search even? There were many answers to be found in a recent keynote that Amma gave at a United Nations conference that I had the good fortune to be attending. – usha]

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