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CTA. 2002. Silicon Mali. ICT Update. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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The information age has finally come to one of the poorest regions of sub-Saharan Africa.
The information age has finally come to one of the poorest regions of sub-Saharan Africa. Twice a week, Amadou Babalé Konate turns on his radio to find out the prices of millet, rice and other commodities from http://www.oma.gov.ml/ OMA (Observatoire du Marché Agricole /Agricultural Market Watch). Every week OMA officials descend on 58 markets around Mali and record the high and low prices for grains, crops and livestock, which they feed into laptops and email to regional offices. There the data are compiled and sorted by producer in specific areas of the country. FM radio stations broadcast market reports in French and the local languages. About 70% of Mali´s 11 million inhabitants now tune in to the market reports. Mali´s home-grown information exchange has become a model for the rest of West Africa; Niger and Burkina Faso are setting up similar systems that will be linked together.