That’s a question AlertNet put to hunger fighters worldwide for a special multimedia report out today probing the future of food. Their answer: The planet can feed itself – but only if two “revolutions” happen, and happen soon.
In a recent blog post I referred in passing to some of the hype surrounding “crowd-sourcing” projects in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.
That’s not to criticise the volunteers – mostly in the United States – who collectively devoted hundreds of hours to charting the needs of quake survivors on online maps, based on SMS texts sent from the disaster zone.
How is communications technology transforming disaster response?
A business that doesn’t communicate with its customers won’t stay in business very long — it’ll soon lose track of what its clients want, and clients won’t know what products or services are on offer.
In the multi-billion dollar humanitarian aid industry, relief agencies are businesses and their beneficiaries are customers. Yet many agencies have muddled along for decades with scarcely a nod towards communicating with the folks they’re supposed to be serving.
, Feb 29 (Reuters) – Powerful storms
that spawned tornadoes ripped through the U.S. Midwest on
Wednesday, killing at least 12 people, including six in Illinois
who were crushed when a house was lifted up and fell on them,
The violent weather that hit six Midwest states starting in
Kansas and Missouri overnight swept into middle Tennessee and
slammed the Cumberland Plateau region, about an hour east of
Nashville, killing two women in Cumberland County and one person
in DeKalb County, according to emergency agency officials.