text size: smaller reset larger

 

 
  • Home
  • Book reviews
  • Reaching the unreached: Community based village knowledge centres & village resource centres

Reaching the unreached: Community based village knowledge centres & village resource centres

Reaching the unreached

By Suchit Nanda and Subbiah Arunachalam
Published by Jamsetji Tata National Virtual Academy
Website: www.mssrf-nva.org
2010, 106pp, ISBN 978 1 88355 15 0(pdf), free to download

Since 1992, the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) has been using both traditional and modern technologies to provide locally-specific information and knowledge to rural communities in India. Through community-owned Village Knowledge Centres (VKCs) and Village Resource Centres (VRCs), the MSSRF provides specially-designed websites, in the local language, that present the information requested by the community.Village volunteers are then trained to use and maintain the computers, as well as gather and input information. By providing a detailed account of how the knowledge centres work and the impact they have had, Reaching the unreached tells the stories of the people who work with and benefit from these centres.

Along the Coromandel Coast, VRCs in fishing villages began by providing forecasts of wave heights and current directions in the Bay of Bengal 36 hours in advance, according to one case study. Since then, a mobile application has been developed that provides real-time weather and safety information, locations of fishing areas, and market prices. This 'Fisher Friend' can also connect to the network up to 10km from the shore. In Puducherry, VRCs are also helping increase the incomes of small farmers by providing locally specific information on a vast range of topics including animal health and veterinary services, organic farming, crop insurance schemes, mushroom cultivation, soil testing, fodder management, artificial insemination and quality milk production.

Aimed at encouraging local government authorities across India to set up centres in rural communities, Reaching the unreached provides thorough analysis of how information and knowledge can empower the poor and create income generation and livelihood opportunities.

Date published: March 2010

  • Home
  • Book reviews
  • Reaching the unreached: Community based village knowledge centres & village resource centres
 

Have your say

 

The New Agriculturist is a WRENmedia production.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.
Accept
Read more