- V K Madhavan
- Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Consultant, Consultant - High Level Committee on status of Women
Technology can improve life - even dramatically - but to believe that it is the panacea of poverty or hunger is flawed.
Increasingly, people are seeking technological solutions to poverty and hunger. While technology could address issues of information asymmetry, this would be possible only if the poor possess or can easily access technology. The belief that technology - in particular the internet and mobiles - can solve these problems is an oversimplification of the causes of poverty and hunger and can lead to the alleviation efforts being misdirected.