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Welcome to the 3D4AgDev Program.

The overall goal of the farmer participatory 3D4AgDev Program is to link the potential of User-Led Innovation with Rapid Prototyping (via 3D printing) to enable women smallholder farmers in Africa to design and develop their own labour-saving agricultural tools, tailor-made for their culture, soils and cropping systems.

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Labour saving technology to empower women smallholder farmers

Millions of the world’s smallholder women farmers have limited access to farm energy, mechanization and the most basic of agricultural and agri-processing tools.

Many of women smallholder farmers are using labour intensive agricultural hand tools for onerous tasks such as weeding, planting, harvesting and crop/food processing. With minimal access to alternative energy sources (draught animals or mechanised farm equipment) such smallholders remain largely dependent on human labour for cultivation and agri-processing. This technology and energy deficit trap can perpetuate poverty, when the source of farm power is predominantly human labour.

Read more on the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security website blog:
http://ccafs.cgiar.org/blog/labour-saving-technology-development-women-smallholder-farmers

Techfortrade launches new initiative for ethical 3D printing filament

techfortrade today announces the launch of The Ethical Filament Foundation. The initiative will work in partnership with organisations around the world to set the benchmark for the manufacture of ethically produced 3D printing filament, made from recycled plastic waste.

Read the full press release on the ethicalfilament.org website

Photos from the project - farm tools in use in Malawi
Photos from the project - farm tools in use in Malawi
Photos from the project - farm tools in use in Malawi
Photos from the project - farm tools in use in Malawi
Photos from the project - farm tools in use in Malawi
Photos from the project - farm tools in use in Malawi
Photos from the project - farm tools in use in Malawi
Photos from the project - farm tools in use in Malawi
Photos from the project - farm tools in use in Malawi
Photos from the project - farm tools in use in Malawi