Tim Berners-Lee announced the launch of the World Wide Web Foundation‘s global operations yesterday. This foundation is an international project to advance the use of the Web as a means to empower people to bring about positive change. One of the initial projects of the Foundation is the Web Alliance for Regreening Africa (W4RA).
W4RA will work to create a Web-based platform for farmers to share local information about growing plants and food in harsh African environments. The initial project will take place in Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali, with three full years of funding. The intent is to add other countries and even other continents. Central to the plan is the thought that significant acceleration of the sharing of information will lead to agricultural success.
This is just one of many project for the new World Wide Web Foundation that is motivated by three challenges: