12 February 2008

From wheat to the web

A recent article in Nature profiles the work of green revolution pioneer M. S. Swaminathan as he seeks to bring a new revolution to India's rural areas: A national movement to bring Internet and telecommunications to each of India's 600,000 rural villages.

According to the article, Swaminathan believes that ICTs, if properly implemented, will help bridge India's growing urban–rural divide and forge better links between researchers and rural poor people. "Those of us working in agriculture, health and environmental sciences, he says, have a moral and ethical responsibility to ensure that we not only do good work, but more importantly, that that work reaches the people for whom it is intended."


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