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Micro Drip markets and distributes affordable drip irrigation technology in Pakistan. Its systems reduce the amount of water smallholder farmers need to cultivate an acre of land by 50 percent, improve yields by 40 percent, and lower input costs by 30 percent. And, because they allow for year-round farming, fewer farmers and their families are forced to migrate during the dry season. Micro Drip has already reached more than 3,000 farmers, and over the next five years has the potential to impact 20,000+ farmers.MicroDrip is a Pakistani for-profit company that provides low-cost drip irrigation systems to poor farmers in Pakistan. It procures its technology from Global Easy Water Products, a fellow Acumen Fund investee that operates in India, and supplies drip irrigation systems, along with agricultural training and after-sales support to farmers in Pakistan. This enables farmers to extract a higher yield from their land at a much lower input cost. The drip irrigation system delivers water directly to the spot where the crop is planted, maximizing plant growth and ensuring major input cost and water savings. It has thus far proven to provide a yield improvement of over 40% for farmers and input cost savings of around 30%.
Aravind Eye Care is a social organisation committed to the goal of eliminating needless blindness through the provision of comprehensive eye care services. It operates the Aravind Eye Hospitals, functions as a research institute, provides international training in eye-care, and produces eye-care products through Aurolab. It utilizes a cross-subsidy model which enables it to provide cataract surgery for the poor and serve over 60% of patients for free.At Aravind Eye Care Hospitals, “A surgeon, for example, typically performs 150 cataract surgeries every week, six times the number common among Western specialists. To further lower costs, Aravind has created a sister organization, Aurolab, to manufacture intraocular lenses locally at prices one-fiftieth of US prices, as well as the sutures and drugs used for surgeries.” Around 70 percent are provided free treatment.
Designed and developed by students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Solar Bottle Bulb is based on the principles of Appropriate Technologies – a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies that address basic needs in developing communities. According to statistics from the National Electrification Commission in 2009,3 million households still remain powerless outside Metro Manila. And even in the metro, families still continue to live in darkness.
Price of $35 for the tablet which has a 7-inch display with 800-by-480 pixel resolution, 256MB of RAM, 2GB flash storage, and a 366MHz processor from Connexant. The tablet runs the Android 2.2 operating system.A pilot run of 100,000 units will initially be given to students for free. Aakash will be sold to Indian students for a subsidized price of Rs. 1700 ($35), with the Indian government aiming to help students particularly those living in small towns and villages. Goal: 10 and 12 million devices in the hands of students across India by the end of 2012.*
c3 Conference - Connect. Collaborate. Create.
C3ConferenceConnect. Collaborate. Create. Renjie Butalid November 20, 2011 Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo, Ontario