At the back of beyond
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CTA. 2002. At the back of beyond. ICT Update Issue 9. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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At the back of beyond, The Economist, October 1999 Mobiles have become a powerful tool for bringing the poor and isolated into the global economy.
At the back of beyond, The Economist, October 1999 Mobiles have become a powerful tool for bringing the poor and isolated into the global economy. Mobile phones are not only releasing a wave of entrepreneurialism in developing countries; they are also helping people to escape the greed of middlemen by providing them with the information they need to strike better bargains. Bangladeshi farmers go to the phone ladies when they want to find out the proper value of their rice and vegetables. The cocoa and coffee farmers of the Côte d´Ivoire used to sell their products to local middlemen at a small fraction of their market value because they knew no better. Now they club together to buy mobile phones for checking current prices in the London commodity markets.
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