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TitleVillage technology in eastern Africa : a report of a UNICEF sponsored regional seminar on "Simple technology for the rural family", held in Nairobi 14-19 June 1976
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1976
AuthorsMcDowell, J
Pagination60 p. : fig.
Date Published1976-06-01
PublisherUNICEF Eastern Africa Regional Office
Place PublishedNairobi, Kenya
Keywordsagriculture, appropriate technology, crop production, development aid, east africa, land use

This introductory book, relevant to most Third World countries, includes a review of the basic concepts of appropriate technology and an overview of potential A.T. tools and techniques for agriculture, food preservation, preparation of nutritious infant foods from local sources, and water supply. Criteria for evaluating rural energy needs and affordable alternatives are presented.

The Karen Village Technology Unit, a demonstration center with working tools and machines, a workshop, and a simple laboratory for testing A.T. devices is described here. This was one of the first efforts of its kind.

The extension systems discussed in this book differ from the conventional"top-down" approaches. "Thinking based on 'introduction' of appropriate technology tends to foster an attitude that the technology is something brought in from outside. Whereas, it would probably be more useful to think in terms of the 'generation' of the technology within the society."

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