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Appropriate Technology


Construction The need for shelter is a fundamental necessity. Adequate planning, design and construction methods are key. Matters to consider include optimum use of local labour, using locally produced building materials, and construction techniques that are affordable, manageable and of best interest to the local community. Biochar Biochar is the carbonaceous solid product of biomass pyrolysis which can be used as chemical feedstock for various purposes such as energy production, and adsorption of pollutants. In particular, application of biochar to the soil is gaining greater interests, which can reduce fertilizer consumption, increase crop yields, and sequestrate carbon. Digital Toolbox The Digital Opportunity - USAID - Like railways and roads before it, the internet is unleashing waves of innovation and transforming the way in which businesses, consumers, and governments operate and interact with each other. The rapid growth in mobile phone ownership and mobile broadband usage is serving only to accelerate this digital revolution. Biogas "Anaerobic digestion, or biodigestion, involves the microbial degradation of organic materials in an oxygen-free environment. Feedstocks for anaerobic digestion include livestock manures, crop residues, culled fruit and vegetables, food waste, and other organic by-products. The process produces renewable energy in the form of biogas (which is mostly methane) and a nutrient-rich digestate that can be used as a biofertilizer instead of commercial fertilizers." Post Harvest Effective management during the postharvest period, rather than the level of sophistication of any given technology, is the key in reaching the desired objectives. While large scale operations may benefit from investing in costly handling machinery and high-tech postharvest treatments, often these options are not practical for small-scale handlers. Instead, simple, low cost technologies often can be more appropriate for small volume, limited resource commercial operations, farmers involved in direct marketing, as well as for suppliers to exporters in developing countries. Food Processing and Preservation The causes of food losses and waste in low-income countries are mainly connected to financial, managerial and technical limitations in harvesting techniques, storage and cooling facilities in difficult climatic conditions, infrastructure, packaging and marketing systems. Given that many smallholder farmers in developing countries live on the margins of food insecurity, a reduction in food losses could have an immediate and significant impact on their livelihoods.
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About the Appropriate Technology category 1 30 November 2017
Large Ponds (Thailand) 3 23 June 2019
How to set up a FSMA/HACCP certified facility for food exportation to the USA 15 10 May 2019
Reading Materials 2 27 April 2019
CoolBot - cost effective cold storage solution for small holder farmers 2 21 April 2019
Bicycle-powered grain mill 7 4 April 2019
Biogas Effluent as a Fertilizer for Corn 5 8 November 2018
Who knows more about liquid fertilizer? 6 28 June 2018
Metal silos - construction and use 11 3 May 2018
Rice Hull Gasifier 5 20 April 2018
New low cost biogas digest#er 3 31 March 2018
Eco Friendly Power 6 9 March 2018
Underutilized land 3 30 January 2018
What mobile device apps have been created for use by agriculture development practitioners / small-scale farmers? 2 30 November 2017