Over 87% 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 serve as critical information and information and communication technology (ICT) access points for people in their communities. There are over 130 public and community libraries spread across Uganda — but many of these trusted information service providers do not have electricity, computers or internet connections.
Supported by a grant from the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP), and led by the Maendeleo Foundation, Connect Uganda 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.
This post was originally published as “VIDEO: Impact of Uganda library service for farmers” at www.eifl.net.