Cobs as Technological Solutions
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The West African Sahel went through major episodes of drought in the 1970s and 1980s. A large part of this aid manifested itself in both large- and small-scale technological solutions. Donors initially focused on large-scale changes in food production and distribution systems, but from the late 1980s onwards, development efforts began to focus on local participation and a better targeting of aid. The delivery of small-scale technologies to people in the Sahel became common and was often organized in projects run mainly by European NGOs. The NGOs provide, among other things, technologies such as water pumps, tools, wheelbarrows, and improved seeds for the fields and gardens. A pump also provides a clean and reliable source of water. According to the women, the children are less sick since the establishment of the pump. Moreover, the villagers are increasingly concerned about the ever-diminishing availability of surface water.