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Connecting Farmers in Uganda – Why Empowering Public Libraries with Technology is So Important

May 09, 2014

Over 87 percent of Uganda’s 36 million people live in rural areas and are involved in farming, according to the World Bank. Without access to information about modern farming methods and equipment, many struggle to make a living.

Public libraries in developing countries serve as critical information and ICT access points for people in their communities.

There are over 100 public and community libraries spread across Uganda. However, many of these known and trusted information service providers do not have electricity, computers or internet connections.

Watch this video, recently released by EIFL, which shows the impact on farmers in a small farming community in rural Uganda when the local library receives laptops and internet connections. 

The Connect Uganda Project is supported by a grant from the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme. Led by the Maendeleo Foundation, the project installs solar panels in libraries to power android-based laptops and internet connections.

Librarians are now training farmers to use the computers and go online to look for the information they need – with remarkable results. To learn more about EIFL's Connect Uganda Pilot Project visit - bit.ly/1gFUtK1

About EIFL
Working in collaboration with libraries in more than 60 developing and transition countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, EIFL enables access to knowledge for education, learning, research and sustainable community development. Visit eifl.net to learn more.

About EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme
EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) advances community development by supporting public libraries to develop and pilot innovative services that use technology to meet the changing needs of their communities. Visit eifl.net/plip to learn more.

 


 
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