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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 — South Asia

Tech Companies Struggle to Get World on Internet

Source: Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

When Sumarni, a 39-year-old woman in a rural village in Indonesia, first cradled a smartphone in her hand about two years ago, her reaction was “bingung,” the word for “confused” in Indonesian. As she looked at the Android phone’s sleek, black surface, she asked herself: “Where are the buttons?”
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Radio Station Reaches Remote Areas Through Cell Phones

Source: PSFK

Unilever in India launches a marketing initiative that provides entertainment and ads in areas unreachable by other media.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

IMS Health and BroadReach Healthcare Announce Strategic Alliance in Africa

Source: The Herald

IMS Health and the Life Sciences division of BroadReach Healthcare today announced a strategic alliance to deliver comprehensive advisory and commercial effectiveness solutions for life sciences organizations operating in Africa. The alliance brings together IMS Health’s industry-leading information, analytics, consulting and technology capabilities with BroadReach Healthcare’s deep knowledge of the African healthcare landscape and local regulatory environment. Life sciences organizations will gain immediate access to information and services that support market assessment, market entry planning and commercial implementation across the continent.
Friday, September 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why New iPhone Isn't Really for Developing World

Source: National Geographic

When news of this release first bubbled up, many people—from investors and analysts to customers and app developers—excitedly predicted that Apple could finally bring its high-quality devices to customers all over the world. It looked like good business for Apple and good news for millions, if not billions, of people.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 — No Region Specified

Acumen East Africa and Dow Announce Technical Assistance Recipients

Source: Acumen Blog

Acumen is pleased to announce the first recipients of technical assistance support through its Technical Assistance (TA) Initiative, launched in partnership with The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW).
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Reshaping the Future of Cocoa in Africa

Source: New York Times

Seventy percent of the world’s cocoa now comes from West Africa, where family-run farms have proliferated across the landscape in recent decades. Yet in a paradox, the spread of these nonnative cocoa trees often contributes to deforestation.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Italians, Israelis aim to fight hunger in Senegal

Source: The Jerusalem Post

Trilateral agricultural development project seeks to eradicate hunger by providing farmers with technological know-how.
Friday, October 19, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Sisal board introduces mobile decorticators to revolutionise farming

Source: IPP Media

Way back in the early 60s, the sisal industry was the best organised commercial agriculture in East Africa with Tanzania leading in terms of production, followed by Brazil.
Friday, October 19, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria: UN, Brazil Sign U.S.$20 Million Pact to Help Farmers in Developing Countries

Source: All Africa

A $20 million agreement signed during the week by the United Nations and Brazil will seek to transfer the expertise of the South American country to support cotton farmers in developing economies.
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