Bucket drip kits, a one time cost of $12, allow growing vegetables during the dry season using drip irrigation. Drip irrigation, originally developed in Israel, targets precious water to where it needs to go, the roots of the plants. Much less labor - it uses water efficiently. Less to lug, less time spent fetching it, more time gardening.
Tool 64 in the #countdown is MicroDrip Irrigation. Invented in Israel, it allow water scarce regions to irrigate more efficiently, delivering water via narrow hoses with tiny drip holes. Making the tubes lighter and cheaper, for small plot farmers, is a breakthrough. Water is harvested rain, or like in the photo below, accessed with a solar-powered pump. Thirsty plants can be grown in dry seasons, fetching high prices, increasing both food security and incomes. Photo: Bimala Rai Colavito, USAID
Tool 35 in the #countdown to publication on March 6th is rainwater harvesting. This farmer now has convenient storage for free rain water, plentiful (sometimes to excess!) during Burma's rainy season: a $23 flexible 250-gallon water basket designed & sold by Proximity Designs. Water will be used for drip irrigation. That means an extra cash crop per year, during the dry season, when food fetches higher prices. More food security, expanded income. ~Betsy Teutsch