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V K Madhavan

Operations Director , A4e India Pvt Ltd

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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.

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    Jul 15 2011: The only practical way that internet and mobile could solve hunger is by providing the ability to order take-out. I'm not trying to sound like a jerk, but who believes that the internet and mobiles could solve this problem? The internet and mobiles can ASSIST in addressing the issues.

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