Suchit Nanda and Subbiah Arunachalam from the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation have just released a book entitled Reaching the unreached: community based village knowledge centres and village resource centres.
The potential of information and communication tools in rural areas and markets is widely recognised. The ability to reach out to farmers and villagers in remote areas is now a reality thanks to tools such as mobile phones. Complementary initiatives such as Village Knowledge Centres and Village Resource Centres that have been established in India, are also making a difference in the livelihoods of marginal groups in rural areas.
This publication outlines how the village centres operate, their origins and the impact they make on rural communities, as well as outlining the capacity they have to take “technologies to the poor”. Guidance is given on the procedure to be adopted for setting up VKCs and VRCs (Village Resource centres which have satellite connection and telecommunication facilities).
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