CROWD-SOURCING: Design of a tillage tool


Sindre Kjeang Mørk is another Master student who is interested in the issues concerning technology and idustrialization in Africa. Working for one of Norway’s biggest agricultural tool companies, he wants to see how a new innovation can be tailored for small scale farmers and prevent unnecessary loss of water in dry and semi-dry areas. He is not able to travel to Africa for field work, hence his first step was to develop a survey with the purpose of crowd-sourcing.

Crowdsourcing is the act of outsourcing tasks, traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, to an undefined, large group of people or community (a “crowd”), through an open call.

Feedback is welcome!

Sindre: “My task is to design a tillage tool for Soil Water Conservation in arid and semi-arid African conditions. He recommended me to get in contact with you. The objective of the thesis is to design the tool, focusing on the preferences of the farmers. They will be the in the last instance be the end users of such a product, and the success of a potential innovation will be dependent on their adoption.

One of my major challenges in this assignment is to acquire the appropriate information. I need to get in touch with persons who have visions for agriculture and for the society of their region, and who preferably also are a closer to the end user (farmer) than I am.  I have developed a questionnaire that I wanted to send to you, in case you should be interested in participation in such a project. The introduction of the survey also explains the project in more detail. The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete and can be accessed at:

http://kwiksurveys.com/?u=africadrytillage

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About Brita Fladvad Nielsen

I'm a Postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. My focus is on Smart Energy Communities in urban settings as well as design of energy-devices for emergency settings and design for humanitarian markets, especially for refugee camps in rural areas of Africa. I blog about my research approach Design Thinking on www.designthinkingresearch.wordpress.com and about humanitarian design at www.designforselfreliance.wordpress.com . I am also a mother of a child who is deaf, and I blog about her language development on Aurorasittsprak.wordpress.com
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