Engineering for Change

Interest: Agriculture

870 million people worldwide are chronically undernourished. Irrigating crops is a simple solution that can double the amount of food a farm produces. But as much as 80 percent of farmland worldwide is not irrigated. Tested machines and new innovations meet that need and others on the farm. From pumps powered by diesel or the sun, drip tubes, mobile apps for weather and market information, low-cost utility vehicles, shellers, driers and much more, innovative design is putting more food on the world’s tables.

Interest: Agriculture

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Rob Goodier

A New Resource for Smallholder Farmers: 100 Under $100 Tools to Reduce Post-Harvest Loss

September 12, 2019

Global post-harvest food loss has a long list of elegant solutions. And at least 100 of them cost less...

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Carlos Garcia Lanchares

Software for Soil: Computer Assisted Design can Check Erosion

August 23, 2019

The soil is in trouble. About one-third of the world’s land is moderately to highly degraded, suffering from erosion,...

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Benson Maina

The Adoption of Technology Is Key to Reducing Losses in Mango Value Chains

August 21, 2019

Mango season closes this month on Kenya’s coast, seeing some mango harvesters continue to employ the traditional method of...

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Rob Goodier

The GFCC Report Envisions High-Tech Farms of the Future as a Means of Survival

July 3, 2019

Articles about the future of food and farming have proliferated online for years, including on this site, and they...

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Rob Goodier

Devices for More Eggs, Fish and Drinking Water Win iShow USA

June 20, 2019

Eggs, fish and drinking water captured the expert judges’ imaginations at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Innovation Showcase...

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Rob Goodier

iShow Kenya’s Demo Videos: Agritech Made in Africa

June 6, 2019

Agricultural technologies swept the competition in Kenya at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Innovation Showcase, sponsored by The...

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Pallavi Bharadwaj

Solutions to Keep Food on the Table in a Changing Climate

May 30, 2019

The world’s food production is in jeopardy because the fertile layer of soil that people depend on to plant crops is...

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Rob Goodier

Black and Decker Introduces a Solar Irrigation Pump for Indian Farms

May 20, 2019

Solar-powered water pumps have officially entered the mainstream. Stanley Black & Decker, the multinational conglomerate widely known for its...

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Rob Goodier

Ten Cold Chain Solutions, from Evaporation to Camelback

May 2, 2019

Off-grid cold-chain technologies keep the important things cold in places where electricity and infrastructure are in short supply. Natural...

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Rob Goodier

Designed: This Air Conditioner for Homes and Offices Uses No Electricity

April 30, 2019

Evaporative coolers have been known to purveyors of low-cost, sustainable technologies for years. Without the need for electricity, these...

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