Signals of Change

Private university in Thailand is accepting rice for tuition fees

Students enrolled at Rangsit University in Bangkok’s northern suburbs can pay all or part of next semester’s costs with rice. The goal is to help farming families, and the university will put a higher-than-market value on the grain, since prices for some strains are near a decade low.

Retail and tech giants track China’s pork on blockchain

Technology giant IBM, retailer Walmart and Beijing's Tsinghua University have joined forces to track the journey of China's pork from farm to store.

Malawi female chief annuls 850 child marriages and sends girls back to school

'Whether you like it or not, I want these marriages to be terminated’, Theresa Kachindamoto, the appointed Chief of Malawi since 2003, told the 900,000 population of the Dedza District, Central Malawi.

Ethiopia’s $4 billion electric railway links capital to coast

A new Chinese-funded electric railway means cheaper and more reliable transportation of goods between Djibouti, a major port, and Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

Signal of change / Backfeed: an operating system for decentralised organisations

A new operating system for organisations, called Backfeed, aims to enable "large-scale, free and systematic cooperation between thousands of people without the coordination of any central authority".

Russian farm first to track its activities on Blockchain

In August 2016, the village of Kolionovo near Moscow, Russia, became the first in the world to integrate blockchain technology into its operations.

Food e-retail model profits while reducing food losses

OpenTaste.sg is a grocery delivery service that allows customers in Singapore to order fresh produce, meat and dairy directly from farms as far away as California and Australia, as well as tropical produce from closer markets such as Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia. 

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