The AyaPump provides smallholder farmers in rural Ghana an easy and affordable way to water their crops during the dry season. It replaces the backbreaking method of drawing water from a well with a rope and bucket. The AyaPump is a portable human-powered suction pump made out of plastic and steel. Designed to cost under $50, it is the least expensive pump of its kind on the market. The AyaPump will not only save farmers time and energy, but also allow them to expand their gardens, earn more income, and provide a better future for their families.
Product Area: Low-cost irrigation (agriculture)
Big Idea: An affordable plastic treadle pump for dry season irrigation in Ghana
Project Launched: February 2012
Current Status: Final prototypes and implementation plan handed over to IDE leadership to carry forward and begin field testing.
Team: Amanda Lubin, Katie McFeely, Matt Schiller, Sarah Toukan
Agriculture is central to Ghana’s economy. Although Ghana is one of the wealthier countries in West Africa, 27% of Ghana’s 24 million citizens still live in extreme poverty as rural subsistence farmers. Farming in Ghana is predominantly rain-fed, with less than 2% of cultivated land under irrigation. Most farmers only grow crops during a short and unpredictable rainy season. Dry season irrigation holds the potential to improve livelihoods by providing additional income for farmers when they need it most. Yet, most farmers in northern Ghana lack a means of irrigation that would allow them to continue farming during the dry season at the same scale as when they can rely on rain. Thus, we believe that hardworking, cash-strapped farmers in rural Ghana need a means to ease the burden of dry-season irrigation.
The AyaPump provides smallholder farmers in rural Ghana an easy and affordable way to water their crops during the dry season. It replaces the backbreaking method of drawing water from a well with a rope and bucket. While other treadle pumps do exist, the AyaPump integrates decades of innovation in treadle pump technology, and it is adapted specifically for the Ghanaian context. It costs roughly half as much to manufacture as iDE’s current treadle pump.
The AyaPump is comprised of three key components: a metal stand, a drive mechanism, and a plastic suction pumping mechanism. It was designed with three key functions in mind: lifting water, being affordable, and being portable, and it costs roughly half as much to manufacture as iDE’s current treadle pump.