Posted on 13. Feb, 2010 by funlayo in Agriculture, Community, Production, Sustainability, Technology
Excerpt taken from:Burkina Faso’s shea butter producers go online — International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD).
The Song-Taaba Yalgré organisation represents the interests of Burkina Faso’s shea butter producers, most of whom are rural women, by helping them to improve production and boost sales. Song-Taaba Yalgré itself is based in Ouagadougou, but most of its 2,000 members live in remote areas so communication is difficult, time-consuming and costly. The organisation therefore developed an ICT project to address this problem, with promising results.
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