Treadle Pump

Problem to be solved: Eco-Friendly Architecture

Millions of refugees displaced by poverty, oppression, war and natural disaster. Most end up living
in canvas tents of a basic design that are hot in summer, cold in winter. On World Refugee Day
in June, the Ikea Foundation unveiled a new flat-pack refugee shelter with a modular design and
solar panel designed to help improve living conditions for refugees.


Treadle pumps free farmers from dependence on rain-fed irrigation, provide capacity to raise
crops in two growing seasons per year, and help farmers maximize return on their small plots
of land. Pump prices, including installation, range between US$20 and $100 based on country of
purchase and type of pump.

Designer: IDEOrg
Country: Bangladesh
Year: 1985

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Problem to be solved: Storage to Protect Crops

According the United Nations, 45% of fruits and vegetables is spoiled before it reaches the market.
This means that almost half of the labour and investments are wasted as well! In other words it
is impossible to be productive without a decent storage to protect the crops.


Wakati One is an innovative technology that increase the shelf life of fruits and vegetables for
smallholder farmers in developing countries. With a small solar panel of just 3 Watts, Wakati
creates a sterilized micro climate that dramatically increase the shelf life of these crops.

Designer: Ame Pauwels
URL: Wakati
Country: Africa
Year: 2013

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