Making Markets Work
Every entrepreneur knows that a great idea does not guarantee success - it must be sold. Similarly, we know our technologies can have only limited impact unless they are effectively marketed.
iDE promotes affordable technologies to the rural poor through a variety of methods including:
Printed promotions using newspapers, billboards, posters, pamphlets, and calendars
Radio, television, outdoor video presentations, and live theatre
Feature films, produced with local actors
Live product demonstrations in marketplaces and agricultural fairs
Demonstration plots, community meetings, and farmer field days
iDE has also applied our expertise in rural marketing to public health education campaigns. In Vietnam, we alerted 1.8 million children and parents to the importance of hygiene in the prevention of trachoma, a blinding eye disease. In Bangladesh, we have reached some 3.4 million people with information about arsenic contamination in well water.