Human Centered Design for small holder farmers

December 5, 2008 — 4 Comments

A team at IDEO led by Tatyana Mamout and Jessica Hastings has been working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently to develop a toolkit to help NGO’s apply human centered design methodologies to the work they do with small holder farmers. IDE, one of the NGO’s supported by Gates, collaborated closely with the team and co-developed the toolkit and tested it in the field.

The toolkit can be downloaded here and while it would need to be adapted for use in other categories it may be a useful starting point for others who are working on design problems for the poor and under served.

Tim Brown

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4 comments on “Human Centered Design for small holder farmers

  1. Hi Tim
    I am designer working in the livelihood sector of craft in interior India. Your post prompts me share my experience of collaborative design initiatives with the rural artisans illustrated in my blog in the 2007 post.
    regards
    Ravi

  2. I am designer working in the livelihood sector of craft in interior India. Your post prompts me to share my experience of collaborative design initiatives with the rural artisans illustrated in my blog in the 2007 post.

  3. I am a Colombian entrepreneur, which has been creating and innovating for seven years now, to strengthen and consolidate our business fulfilling our mission of creating products for making bike commuting safer aiming, to encourage more and more people to choose this green mode of transportation.

    I found your blog, and I’d like to ask you for an advice, knowing your experience on this field. Most of my effort and time has been dedicated to creating profitability for the company and nowadays I realize that I want to focus my energy and life to important causes transcending my own personal interests. In brief, I’d like to turn into what IDEO calls a Designer for Social and environmental Impact, in order to be able to use my work to have a REAL impact over my local reality.

    I want to ask you which are the best options could you recommend me to acquire abilities in this field.

    Regards,
    Santiago Aparicio

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