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TIMES Pieces: The Will to Share - A Tool to Discover ICT in Agriculture

The use of Information and Communication Technologies in African countries is increasing and is playing a huge role in rural development. We spoke with Elisabetta Demartis, founder of Italian start-up Agritools, about discovering the real effects of the use of ICTs through sharing stories of young African tech savvies that want to bring agriculture to the next level. Read on

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WeFarm: Creating The Internet For People With No Internet

Small-scale famers living in remote rural communities the world over are set to benefit from a SMS application and a peer-to-peer knowledge sharing platform which allows for agricultural information and best practice to be shared, questions to be asked, and solutions to any issues they may encounter to be found. Read on

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Make Hunger History For Just 40 Cents a Click

Three years ago, Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, launched the Zero Hunger Challenge. Since then, numerous initiatives have been set up that together represent a unique global movement to end hunger. Now the UN's World Food Programm (WFP) has come up with yet another way to encourage even more people to get involved: a simple app. Read on

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Addressing Poverty's "Triple Whammy" through Mobile Savings

The current financial model of banks cannot address what development experts call the “triple whammy” of poor peoples’ lives – they struggle with low savings, uncertainty of cash flows, and the inability to access formal financial instruments. Read on

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Saving Lives with This Simple Water Purifier

Water security issues affect the lives of millions in developing countries. A personal water filter system that purifies contaminated water as you drink it is helping to affordably alleviate water poverty in many places. Read on

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How to Help Nepal with Online Digital Platforms

Alongside donating money to support emergency response and relief efforts that save lives after devastating disasters, what can an ordinary citizen do to help humanitarian works on the ground? Can anything be done with our computers to help Nepal earthquake victims, even during aftershocks? Read on

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The Earthquake Warning System In Our Pocket

Millions of people who live in earthquake-prone regions live under the threat of natural disaster. Countries such as Japan and Mexico have early warning systems in place that could help save lives. According to a US study, smartphones could now also alert people when the earth starts to shake. Read on

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Flood Fighter - A Playful Approach to Disaster Management

In 2011, Thaliand was hit by the worst flood in 50 years which created a state of emergency in 60 of the country's 77 provinces. One lesson from the disaster was that knowledge about what to do in the case of flooding is not widespread and that children are particularly at risk when disaster strikes. Read on