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The pain of back bending – Challenge to overcome centuries of inertia

Women transplanting paddy in Jharkhand / Image courtesy to Debashis Mukherjee

Submit your ideas for the Gandhian Inclusive Innovation Challenge Awards to the National Innovation Foundation until  October 30th, 2012.

NIF invites innovators in the informal and formal sector to offer solutions to the following three challenges, all concerned with the drudgery that the women of India, especially the resource poor women of India, have to face every day.

Challenge 1: Developing a manual paddy transplanter

Millions of women have to bend their backs for hours standing with naked feet in water to transplant paddy in the fields. The challenge is to develop a manual paddy transplanter, which should

  • Be easy to operate, clean and maintain
  • Light in weight so that it can be carried easily
  • Be at least three times in capacity (output: area transplanted/unit time) as compared to human effort
  • Be able to be used in different kinds of soils and across different agro-climatic regions of the country with minor modifications to suit local needs
  • Be cost effective so that small and marginal farmers may afford it
  • Be useful for small land holdings and may be scaled up for larger farms
  • The construction materials should be such which are easily available across the country

Challenge 2: Developing a fuel efficient wood/bio mass stove

The challenge is to develop a stove, which could satisfy the following conditions

  • Fuel efficient with efficiency greater than 50 % at least
  • Able to use different kinds of fuel woods, bio mass available/used in different parts of the country
  • Low in smoke/emissions
  • Can be made/assembled easily using locally available materials (throughout the country)
  • Should be compact so that a small household can also use it
  • Cost effective

Challenge 3: Developing a tea plucking device

Women comprise over fifty percent of the total work force in tea gardens in India. Manual plucking of tea leaves involves a lot of drudgery. The challenge is to develop a tea leaf plucking device, which satisfies the following conditions

  • Ergonomic, manual/semi-automatic so that the labour does not get replaced and mainly the drudgery is reduced
  • Be easy to operate, clean and maintain
  • Less in weight so that it can be used easily; a tea collection bag may also be incorporated in the same so that women do not need to carry it on their back
  • Be at least three times in capacity (output: tea leaves plucked/unit time) as compared to human effort
  • The construction materials should be such which are easily available across the country
  • Provision of height adjustment should be there
  • Should be able to move easily between the rows of tea plants
  • Cost effective so that it is not a burden for tea plantation owners or welfare committees to purchase them

Prize money for each challenge

First Prize : Rs 10, 00, 000 (Rs Ten Lakh)

Second Prize : Rs 5, 00, 000 (Rs Five Lakh)

Third Prize : Rs 2, 50, 000 (Rs Two Lakh Fifty Thousand)

For terms and conditions, read here.

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Gandhian Inclusive Innovation Challenge Awards 2012
National Innovation Foundation – India 
Satellite Complex, Premchand Nagar Road, Near Mansi Crossroads 
Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380 015 
info@nifindia.org

www.nif.org.in/giica

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3 thoughts on “The pain of back bending – Challenge to overcome centuries of inertia

  1. I propose that there should be a ropeway (which is positioned at a vertical distance of around 2 feet from the ground.

    Let the woman/women sit in the trolleys, and, drop the saplings at intervals.

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