If you’re reading this online, then obviously, you’re on the internet. How’s your connection? Do you rely on it?
My fellow blogger petrel41 tells us that slow or unreliable internet can be a real problem. People whose livelihoods are on the land, such as the North American flower seller quoted in that article, often need the internet these days.
Claire Curry at Plantwise tells us about Kenyan farmers sharing and exchanging knowledge by mobile information and communication technology (ICT). Another blogger, Rakshit Agrawal at GreenSky, tells us about Indian farmers accessing information by telephone and radio.
Clearly this is relevant to many farmers, growers and traders around the world. It’s relevant in rich countries as well as in poor or developing countries. Juliette Farside at the Guardian tells us how in many parts of Britain, rural broadband speeds are less than half of those in cities and towns. Jane Wakefield at the BBC asks, ‘When will UK rural areas get fast-speed fibre internet?’