Big Data Can Improve the Health of the World’s Most Vulnerable: Mothers and Children

Traveling recently through Southeast Asia and East Africa, I have been both amazed and appalled by how big data and other digital innovations are changing people’s lives—or not.

On one hand are farmers, mostly men, who are seeing technology boost their livelihoods. Even in the poorest communities, farmers are using mobile apps to aggregate data across farms and parse it using artificial intelligence. They receive critical insights for business decisions such as determining the best time to plant and when and where to sell. Often available at low cost, the apps are a game-changer in countries like India, where more than half of the population depends on agriculture for income.

Author: Dr. Naveen Rao

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