Source: CNN

(CNN)What do you do when you see or hear something strange and want to learn more? Perhaps no one around you knows, so you go online or turn to social media.

Within minutes, you can find or crowd-source an answer to your mystery, keeping it from perplexing you any longer.
Now, take that scenario and shift it to a remote farmer, thousands of miles away in Africa, responsible for the food both their family and you will soon eat.
An estimated 70% of the world’s food comes from small, isolated farms that are no bigger, on average, than 2 acres. Until now, people working on these farms relied on word of mouth to solve life’s daily puzzles, but their access to information is being transformed — along with the food they produce.
“It’s about increasing food productivity … better crops, better livestock, so we can double productivity throughout Africa,” businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates said in an interview with CNN.
“We have one-fifth the productivity in Africa that we have in Europe and the United States,” he said.

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