Where irrigation currently exists in the developing world, it usually requires several hours of hard manual labour per day, diverting time away from other tasks and increasing nutritional needs. An unexpected illness can lead to the loss of an entire harvest.
Mark Bryant and Tom Smith will lead the project, which aims to deliver a functioning pump suitable for a smallholder that delivers demonstrably superior performance to a treadle pump. The project will also address key aspects of the smallholder adoption process, including installation skills, pump construction materials and techniques for manufacturing.
Mark Bryant said: “Our intention is that Thermofluidics’
Richard Seabrook, Head of Business Development at the Wellcome Trust, said: “Supporting initiatives that address the global threat of food security and access to nutrition is one of our core strategic research challenges. Beyond the obvious benefits of being able to grow food crops, access to clean water and sanitation has an enormous impact on public health and we are pleased to support the development of this innovative water pump.”