Digital Green: E-Learning for Agriculture

Digital Green, an international nonprofit that combines technology with face-to-face outreach, is hoping that they’ve found a way to spread knowledge more cheaply and quickly. The company’s CEO, Rinkin Ghandi, fell into the project in a bit of a roundabout way. He was actually working on a college project that would get farmers to adopt biodiesel. (“We realized it wasn’t a good idea,” he says.) But that work exposed him to India’s rural farmers, and it quickly became apparent to Ghandi that there was a divide between prosperous farmers and everyone else. As he looked further into how to apply technology to agriculture in a way that actually worked, he came across a project called Digital Study Hall. It essentially sent videotaped lessons to slum schools in India — educating both students and teachers using new approaches to learning. Ghandi thought the same idea could be applied to agriculture training programs.

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