The devices will be sent to farmers in the southern area of Madagascar, on the Mahalfaly Plateau. Cell phone service was recently expanded there, and farmers are eager to use the devices to connect with family members, to learn about food markets in the city of Tulear, and to communicate with each other about the problem of regional cattle thievery.
The cellphones will be distributed by a IEET writer, Dustin Eirdosh, who lives in the region.
IEET thanks Roger Hansen immensely for his contribution. Roger gathered the devices from his Utah office at the Bureau of Reclamation. He is also looking into the possibility of obtaining used laptops from his office, for distribution in Africa.