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Challenges in Training Farmers in Web 2.0

Training farmers who have never used computers to embrace web 2.0 tools has been a great challenge for me here in Monze.

The worst thing was that i could not even speak their language Tonga of which i beat that barrier by asking a good Samaritan to translate for me during the workshop.

I was amazed by the zeal these women farmers had when they expressed interest in knowing what web 2.0 tools were and how they could use them as farmers.

The women farmers confessed that they were not going to use web 2.0 tools but however said that they would use mobile phones to send text messages to technical officers an alert them on whatever was happening in the villages.

The issue of language is an issue as these farmers as they would like to blog the internet in Tonga.

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