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Innovative Solutions for the Food Security Crisis

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

* 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

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:

Almost

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Krishi Janani: Stepping Out Into the Great Unknown

So…Appropriate IT is working on a new sustainable agriculture technology platform – Krishi Janani. We have been at it for a while now, launching a partially working prototype earlier this year. Before I go into the ‘Great Unknown’ parts of the story, a quick summary:

Krishi Janani is an ag tech network (online platform + young women-led rural ag tech centers) enabling organic and sustainable

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Pay It Forward: A Training in Namakkal

A three day technology training in building websites with WordPress at PGP college in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu

By Alexandra de Vogel, Assistant Trainer

With a background in Industrial design and innovation management, being part of this training was a first experience for me. But now I know that it will definitely not be my last experience in this field. These three days in Namakkal

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!..AIDA-வும் நானும்..!

(Guest blog by Priya Devi Kuzhali)

இளநிலை இரண்டாமாண்டு பயின்று கொண்டிருந்த சமயம், மாணவிகளுக்கான இலவச பயிலரங்கத்தில் எனது பெயரையும் பதிவு செய்திருந்தார் என் துணைத்தலைவர்.

அந்த பயிலரங்கத்தைப் பற்றி மேலோட்டமாக சில செய்திகள் சேகரித்து, விடுமுறை தினத்தில் கூட கல்லூரி வர வேண்டி உள்ளதே என்ற சின்ன சலிப்போடு, கல்லூரியில் காத்துக்கொண்டிருந்தேன், அந்த பயிலரங்கை நட்த்தவிருந்த பெண்மணிக்காக.

என்னைப் போலவே கிட்ட்தட்ட இருபது மாணவிகள் (சிலர் வேறு கல்லூரிகளில் இருந்து) வந்திருந்தனர். சிறிது நேரத்தில் அந்த பெண்மணி வந்தார். தன்னைப் பற்றி ஓரிரு வார்த்தைகள் கூறிவிட்டு, எங்களை அறிமுகம்

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Learning is a Mindset

(Guest blog by Heather A. Moore)

Usha recently invited me to share some words of advice with the inspiring young women that had recently graduated from the pilot program of AIDA, Appropriate IT’s Development Academy, and with those from the community. Having gathered some sage advice from a few wise and generous mentors throughout my career, as well as the hard earned wisdom that comes

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கடைக்கோடி பெண்ணுக்கும் ஐடி : கனவை நனவாக்கும் அய்டா

(Guest blog by Geeta Ilangovan)

ஆஃப்கானிஸ்தான் விமானநிலையத்தில் இறங்கியபோது எனக்கு அதிர்ச்சி காத்திருந்தது. நான் செல்ல வேண்டிய நிறுவனத்திற்கு என்னை அழைத்துச் செல்ல வேண்டிய நபரைக் காணவில்லை. அவரின் தொலைபேசி எண்ணை அழைக்க வேண்டுமென்றால் விமானநிலையத்திற்கு வெளியே உள்ள பூத்திற்கு போக வேண்டும். தீவிரவாதமும், பெண் ஒடுக்குமுறை கொடுமைகளும் தலைவிரித்தாடும் மண்ணில் தனியே காலெடுத்து வைக்க தைரியம் வரவில்லை. என்ன செய்வதென்றே புரியவில்லை. பயத்தை மறைத்துக் கொண்டு விமான நிலையத்தின் உட்புறம் அலைந்து கொண்டிருந்தேன்.

என்னை கவனித்துக் கொண்டிருந்த ஒரு போலீஸ்காரர், `யார் நீங்கள் ?’ என்று உடைந்த ஆங்கிலத்தில்

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Future of the Internet is Outside the US

As a technology company (though on a different planet than the one occupied by the companies found in this report ;)), we are somewhat religious about Mary Meeker’s annual internet trends report. A few thoughts on the 2014 version:

Fastest internet and smartphone growths are in “more difficult to monetize developing markets” such as India, Indonesia, Nigeria.

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Categories: africa, asia, regions, research, resources

Showers and Supportive Work Environments

Guardian has an interesting article on Youth unemployment: can mobile technology improve employability? by Linda Raftree (@meowtree) and Nick Martin (@ncmart). Excerpts:

The ILO reported that 74.8 million youth between 15 and 24 years were unemployed in 2011, an increase of more than 4 million since 2007. Globally, the youth unemployment rate is almost 13%, and youth are nearly three times

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    (Guest blog by Heather A. Moore)

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