A handful of years ago, Chandrakala Kongala, a farmer in the rural village of Kommireddipalli in the southern Indian state of Telangana, faced a devastating problem. In one fell swoop, an unanticipated downpour had ravaged her peanut crop.
…What changed? The weather may have been more temperate, but the most important factor had nothing to do with the land or the climate. Instead, it was a device familiar to much of the developed world: the SIM card.
When these farmers in India have additional factors stacked against them (access to tech, literacy, etc) it blows my mind that they are even able to be successful at farming considering how unforgiving the weather can be. We have every tool we could (almost) ever want, and yet a single weather event can come by and destroy us at any time. I’m trying to imagine having to also deal with it while not being able to even read the forecast I don’t even have access to and there’s just no way.