Technology empowers the poor – if they can access and use it: Pathfinders
Farmers in isolated rural areas usually don't have the same access to new technologies as their wealthier counterparts. This leads to higher costs and lower yields and a considerable disadvantage on the open market.
Sheng Guangningis a drone pilot. She travels around China demonstrating how the unmanned aircraft can spray and water crops far more efficiently than through manual labor.
In her monovlog for CGTN's Pathfinders project, she explains that using new technologies not only decreases costs for farmers but also provides new employment opportunities.
"If farmers come to us for training, they'll be equipped with more skills, which is equal to poverty alleviation through technology. If they obtain drone-operating licenses, these farmers can be employed to spray the farmland for others and make a living off service fees.
"This will boost the employment rate in the countryside.
"We are looking at poverty alleviation by equipping farmers with additional skills and increasing job opportunities in the countryside."