posted on behalf of graduate student Suraya Hudson, who is doing field work in Kolli Hills and with limited Internet access...
- "they are too far"
- "no one has come forward to tell us about it"
- "they aren't comfortable using VKCs in other villages" (although this group said that they would like one in theirs (Oyangulipatti))
- "no time" "we have other responsibilities"
- "computer classes are only for educated people"
Conversation PRA (So far, only 2 PRAs done with Nutrition Gardeners):
Household (Weeding, Irrigation, Fertilizing) - All face-to-face within the home (obviously)
Community (Pest and Disease, Food Preparation) - All face-to-face at work or in the evening
Outside Sources (Soil Health, Seed Sowing) - All face-to-face
My last 3 weeks in the Kolli Hills
Furthermore, I intend on doing a few more interviews who may be potential technology stewards. Village volunteers have enough experience of their villages and are given training by MSSRF to look after sharing information with villagers, as well as managing VKCs. The fish pond group members in charge (president, secretary and accountant) also may have potential because they are taking on leadership roles within their communities.
Quick side note just for fun…. (although this is not related to sustainable food production): Because of my extended stay, I have made good friends with the hotel staff and all of them have cell phones. They are CONSTANTLY texting and calling friends. Most of them have Facebook accounts (and I have helped a couple of them set up Facebook/gmail accounts). They are thrilled to be connected to the internet. Furthermore, their phone SIM cards are LOADED with new and popular Tamil music, photos of "superstars," music videos and even a full-length video or 2. I will explore these kinds of things with local farmers! I also heard a TED Talk by Shashi Tharoor who explained that 15 million cell phones are sold in India every month, that 509 million cellphones are in hand here at the moment, and that it has the most connections that any country has ever established in the history of telecommunications (obviously partially due to the immense population).