An excellent piece on Mobile technology and how it has potential to enhance the lives of farming communities throughout Kenya and the rest of Africa.
Kenya is at the forefront of Mobile technology in Africa and this piece from IT News Africa demonstrates how farmers and veterinarians are using Mobile technology to alert of possible outbreaks of animal diseases at scale and quickly – http://www.itnewsafrica.com/2013/03/cell-phones-revolutionizing-kenyas-livestock-sector/
Mobile applications are allowing for pinpoint accuracy when it comes to warnings over possible outbreak diseased down to the Mobile’s ever-present GPS signal. In Kenya, where 3 out of 4 people now have a Mobile phone and the majority of internet is accessed through a Mobile, an application called EpiCollect helps to track animal vaccination and treatment campaigns.
Mobile technology is ensuring that animal diseases can be detected early and isolated, potentially saving the lives of thousands animals and safeguarding the livelihoods of whole communities.