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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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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Rob Goodier

A Product Design Engineer Field Tests Essential Technologies in Rural India

April 17, 2019

Harsh Vyas foregoes the long flights that engineers in global development often take before they can test essential technologies in...

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Harsh Vyas

Field Test: Corn Shellers Made a Successful Demo Tour in Rural India

Harsh Vyas is a graduate of Engineering for Change’s Research Fellowship program during which he researched products that meet...

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Andrew Drain

A New Way of Thinking About Collaboration During Participatory Design Projects

If you’ve seen an unused latrine in a village that practices open defecation, or a new cookstove on a...

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Rob Goodier

iShow India 2019 Awards Silk, Stoves and Stethoscopes

April 10, 2019

A stove for the Himalayas, a solar-powered silk reeler and an upgraded stethoscope won iShow India 2019.  Designers of...

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Pallavi Bharadwaj

The Circular Economy Can Solve Food and Water Problems in Rajasthan, Malawi and the World

March 22, 2019

I lived in the western Indian state of Rajasthan for most of 2006-07. To say that it quickly became...

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Esther Obonyo

Building Material Matters and the Coconut Value Chain

March 4, 2019

“Kaukumbatie mnazi ukaupande, kazi uanze” (Embrace the coconut tree and climb it, start work) – mnazi Swahili proverb “The...

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Latest Comments

  • […] A wonderful infographic by OXFAM demonstrating the impact of climate change, waste and hunger  on our food production system http://www.engineeringforchange.org/whats-wrong-with-our-food-system/ […]

    What's wrong with our food system?
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  • E17 - SIMPLE WATER TREATMENT METHODS FOR USE IN THE HOME 1) What is involved ? The methods presented in this factsheet are used to make water drinkable. They can be applied at hole, at the family level. The methods described comprise : * Straining * The three pot method * Treatment by boiling * Trea...

    Ten low-cost ways to treat water
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  • I really expect this training the problem the time is not in utc

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  • Poverty is more properly an economic than engineering problem. The basis of economic success and growth is in property rights, rule of law, free trade, free markets... multiplied by low cost government, transportation, communications... Engineering tends to be involved in higher levels of complexity...

    Engineers Are Not Ending Poverty. Time for a Change?
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  • I think Lawrence and Mitra have valid points to the argument. Scale, capacity building, how we measure poverty, all need to be considered. Like the solutions developed, they can't be in isolation, otherwise, there is too much risk of failure.

    Engineers Are Not Ending Poverty. Time for a Change?
    cbirzer
  • Yes, but. We may be helping with improvements in ways, that aren't measured in the official statistics. Many of the systems we work on, IF they are done in co-operation with the community are both repairable and duplicatible by/in the community. If those actions only require local materials and labo...

    Engineers Are Not Ending Poverty. Time for a Change?
    larry.bentley
  • I think Engineers need to not only think broader - i.e. at the related systems causing the poverty, but also AT SCALE, i.e. at the scale of the problem. For example, a small scale, locally built water filter may be the perfect solution for the village you are working with, but have you thought about...

    Engineers Are Not Ending Poverty. Time for a Change?
    mitra
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