Mauritius

  • A couple weeks ago, an unusual request on the Mauritius Linux Users Group caught my attention, one that may interest both tourists visiting Mauritius in the next months, and everybody interested in ICT for sustainable development. It turns out that (see here for details), after the food price crisis of 2008, the Mauritian Government established a Food Security Fund to promote Agricultural Research and Development to improve food security. Besides increasing production of known staple crops, a long-term goal of that Fund is the identification of other interesting crops.
  • In 2010 the Labour Party of Mauritius adopted the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project as a national program in their National Election Manifesto. The Labour Party is a member of Alliance de l’Avenir, the coalition that won the 2010 general elections in Mauritius. Even the Alliance program (also available on Scribd) mentions the OLPC, first in the Executive Brief (page 9): _We will introduce the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program and each Lower IV student (16-17 years old) will get one laptop.