The peer-to-peer SMS network helping farmers connect

There are 500 million smallholder farmers around the world, many of whom have no internet access. These farmers are often several miles walk from the nearest village, totally disconnected from the information that could make their farms more productive and profitable.

While initiatives such as Facebook's controversial Internet.org are trying to get more people online, some are taking a more low-fi approach: using simple mobile phones and SMS to connect the offline world. "For the foreseeable future it's always going to be a bottom of the pyramid population that are reliant on SMS," Kenny Ewan, CEO of London-based startup Wefarm tells WIRED. Which is why his company has created a kind of social network that operates entirely through SMS.

Full article: Wired.

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