What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?
The Full Belly Project had seen women, children and even grown men struggle with standard treadle pump designs for years. We have always viewed them as strenuous devices to use. A large majority of them are manufactured in China or India and shipped to Africa, removing Africans ability to learn how to make their own.
With that in mind, The Full Belly Project went into designing the Rocking Water Pump with the goal of creating something that could be produced locally to meet a global need of food security. The defining moment was when we realized that this was absolutely possible by generating a device using a mold and locally available concrete, metal and rubber.
The real breakthrough came when we did field tests against the competition. We realized that high volume was not what farmers were looking for, as a high volume of water meant that they would have to dig irrigation ditches just to channel all the water to their fields.
So we designed a high pressure, low-volume, pump that also met the final request, "Make it easy to operate. This other one makes me too tired."
We feel have designed a better water-pump that will have a multiplier effect on all who use the Rocking Water Pump.
Tell us about the person—the social innovator—behind this idea.
Jock Brandis is primarily credited with the design of the Rocking Water Pump. Brandis is the Founder of The Full Belly Project. Formed in 2002 after Brandis developed the Universal Nut Sheller a device that unlocks the economic value of:Peanuts, Shea, Coffee, Neem and Jatropha by removing their shells. In doing so, farmers can sell their crops for a value added price. Coffee can be sold for up to 10 times more when it's hard shell is removed. This simple device is manufactured by local artisans in over 17 different countries.
Brandis has many accolades attributed to his design of a Universal Nut Sheller:
Albert Schweitzer Award
Brandis's drive is to always design simple devices that will ease the burdens of African women and Children. He believes that history has shown us that "You can't have prosperity without efficiency."
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