The United Nations World Food Programme has launched a pilot scheme that’s helping 1,000 Iraqi refugee families in Syria by sending them food vouchers as text messages. Iraqi refugees living in Damascus will receive a text message on their mobiles providing a code that can be used at selected government shops. They will be able to exchange part of all of their electronic vouchers for conventional aid items including rice, wheat flour, lentils, chickpeas, oil and canned fish. In addition, because the food is being bought over-the-counter and isn’t being distributed in pre-packaged parcels, cheese and eggs are also available.
There’s not just a market in green handsets and eco-friendly chargers. There’s also a lot of potential for environmentally-aware mobile applications, according to the latest report from Juniper Research. It reckons the volume of 'green' application downloads to mobile handsets could exceed 400 million by 2014, helped by areas dedicated to green-themed mobile content and apps within operator and OEM application stores.