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  • Medicinal plant from Asia fights malaria, earns cash, by Tom Maliti

    Small farmer Atanasia Vincent Moshia stands proudly next to the knee-high plants she’s growing to fight two African ills: malaria and poverty. In March, Moshia, who is also an agricultural extension officer with the Tanzanian government, switched from planting the corn and beans she’s been growing for years to artemisia annua, from which artemisinin is extracted to make a drug or a combination of drugs used to treat malaria. She expects it to be a more lucrative crop.

    AP Worldstream
  • Consortium plans computer kiosks for rural India, by Eric Auchard

    Supporters of the project say they hope the Karnataka pilot will become a blueprint for setting up similar rural business centers in each village kiosk. Comat is working to digitize rural land records in stats across India. India has an estimated 147,000 rural villages. We see this as the ’rural services’ blueprint for populations in developing nations everywhere, Kish said. The consortium is one of several Indian projects seeking to tackle ...

    Reuters UK
    South Asia
  • Wyse sees profit in bridging the digital divide, by John Ribeiro

    Thin client computing vendor Wyse Technology has identified applications for bridging the digital divide as a new key market opportunity, according to an executive of the San Jose, California, company. The company announced Thursday that it is part of a consortium that is piloting in India a platform for the delivery of services to rural areas around its thin client technology. It is a significant market opportunity for us, but it is too early however to say what per...

    IDG News Service
  • An Entrepreneur Who Cares, by Jeffrey Gangemi

    Jeff Skoll earned his wealth as the first president of eBay. Now, he looks for ways that business can change the world for the better Jeff Skoll thinks -- and cares -- big. He caught the entrepreneurial bug long before 1995, the year he earned his MBA at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and became the first president of eBay, the online-auction site. This was after he had already launched two of his own computer consulting and rental businesses. A seri...

  • Laptops for Kids With No Power, by Stephen Leahy

    Though the first $100 laptop has yet to be built -- work is scheduled to begin in September -- the project’s three corporate partners, Advanced Micro Devices, Google and News Corporation, have each pledged $2 million apiece and tech expertise. The first 6 million laptops are to be manufactured in China starting in 2006, project representatives claim, and orders from the Chinese, Brazilian and other education departments are expected shortly. The machines are intended for governme...

    Wired News
  • UN chief highlights ’central role’ of business in development

    Business has a central role to play in eradicating poverty in Africa, alongside debt relief and greater aid flows, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Tuesday. Speaking in Paris at a seminar on corporate responsibility in the developing world, Annan said the main responsibilty for meeting the UN’s Millennium Development Goals by a 2015 deadline still rests with governments. But business has a centrol role to play, he sai...

  • Enterprise Africa! Launches in South Africa: Researchers Dedicated to Finding and Documenting Africa

    Researchers from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University (Virginia, USA) and the Free Market Foundation of Southern Africa launched Enterprise Africa! -- a project dedicated to finding and documenting the success stories of Africa’s entrepreneurs. African entrepreneurs hold the key to economic prosperity in Africa, said Free Market Foundation Director Eustace Davie. South Africans in p...

  • IT-based agri information system, by MV Mahalakshmi

    ??We propose to collect data from 25 Agromet centres, under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) present across the country and 83 centres of NCMRWF and link them to the Virtual Academy for Semi-Arid Tropics (VASAT) of ICRISAT, krishi channels and Crop Weather Watch group. The first pilot project is expected to come up soon at Mehboobnagar district in Andhra Pradesh state, ?? Dr Ramakrishna said. The information needs of the farmer include some general information like w...

    The Financial Express
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