Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Why is Low Cost Drip Irrigation Important?

Water scarcity affects hundreds of millions of farmers worldwide. For many farmers living on less than one dollar per day, lack of water is the principal reason that they are stuck in the cycle of poverty. For such a farmer to rise out of poverty, he needs a way to grow valuable crops during the dry season using only extremely limited water resources.

Experts agree that the most water efficient method of irrigation is drip irrigation, which delivers the precise amount of water directly to the plants using a system of tubes and emitters. Farmers making less than one dollar per day have had no way to afford conventional drip irrigation, and without an alternative tailored to their scale, they have been stuck in the poverty cycle.

We've developed an extremely low cost drip irrigation system for small farmers in developing countries. Our company, driptech, is working to provide this critical technology to the people who need it most. Currently we are proving our system with small farmers in India, but will soon expand to Africa and other parts of Asia. You can find out more at www.driptechnologies.com

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Blog Launch from India

I am sitting in a hotel in Mysore, India writing our first post on the tiny ultra-portable laptop we purchased for the pilot study. Nick, our CTO, is here too and Anna, our Pilot Study Manager, is across the hall.

Let me back up and say that we're here in India to test a new, extremely low cost drip irrigation system that we've developed (much more on this later). Today we will be speaking with small farmers interested in drip irrigation and hopefully getting user feedback on our product.

In preparing for this study we've been overwhelmed by the support and interest of individuals from around the world. Over the coming months we will use this blog to give updates on the pilot study in India and on our business development in the US.

We hope that this can become a useful forum for discussion about "appropriate technology design" in general, and specifically ways to solve the growing global water crisis. Thank you to everyone who has helped us come this far.