Flour Power (182)

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Design and construct a inexpensive grain mill from local materials

On the MIT Global Challenge: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/teams/view/182

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Flour Power (182)

  1. 1. Flour Power
  2. 2. Need• According to the International Labor Organization, “Processed grain is one of the most important elements in the diet of low- income groups” in developing countries.• Additionally the ILO found that appropriate technologies for grain milling keep the employment and earnings local.• Farm technologies cannot be successful unless the recipients are able to reap the benefits in a sustainable way
  3. 3. Impact• Ugali or a similar mushie maize meal is the staple food of over 200 million people in Eastern and Southern Africa• Uses an excessively fine flour that is produced by a local commercial mill or ground by hand
  4. 4. Problem• Currently flour is produced in small-scale commercial mills• ~$1 per kilogram• Entire daily wage for a Tanzanian• Small scale farmers and low income consumers unable to obtain flour• Reduced access to nutrition
  5. 5. Innovation• Objective is to design an affordable human- powered grain mill that is capable of in-home production of flour fine enough for use in ugali.• Our focus areas include ease of use, quality of output, maintenance, and sustainability.• Our concept would provide an innovative substitute to commercial mills and store bought flour, which are expensive, and the mortar and pestle, which is timely and labor intensive.
  6. 6. Implementation• Initial design & Prototyping: Spring 2011• Mounting to GCS platform: Early summer 2011• Testing and refinement: Summer 2011• Distribution in Tanzania via GCS: Fall 2011

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