Phone animations for poor farmers

The Science and Development Network has a very cool story about a project that aims to use animation sent over mobile phones to provide poor farmers in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world with valuable technical information or health advisories … or whatever.

Here’s the story at

There are a lot of reasons why this may never work, but it’s fun to consider. Here’s a video report:

And here’s a Q&A with Scientific Animations Without Borders by Jaclyn Schiff at Global Health Hub


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