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ICT boosts farmers’ profits in Uganda

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Farmers in Uganda no longer need to go to look for market for their produce.

With a village phone at residence, one only needs to call and know about the market prices for her red pepper, tomatoes, potatoes, cassava, bananas and milk. There are over 200 beneficiaries of the Centre for the Economic Empowerment of Women in Africa-Uganda (CEEWA-Uganda), a non-governmental organisation established in 1995 to promote economic empowerment of women using application of ICT in the rural districts of Wakiso, Mpigi, Jinja, Iganga and Kampala. Josephine Nabwami of Majja village in Buwama sub-county, who was trained by CEEWA in the use of a mobile phone, credit management and modern farming practices. Since 2004, CEEWA, has trained over 200 women farmers on the importance of mobile phones, radios, computer applications and better farming practices. In Buwama and Nabweru, the project works with community radios 100.3 FM and Tiger Radio on 102.5 FM to disseminate information to farmers on best farming practices, sources of credit, prices and market. During a follow-up on the project activities to match the beneficiaries' use and application of ICT, several challenges were noted in the implementation of ICT use that include lack of accessibility of Internet, lack of electricity and long distances to Internet cafes.

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