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Thinking Aloud: Full Belly Project

Here’s one I know you’ve heard before: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” But have you ever thought about the huge problem with this statement? Learning to fish is all well and good, but what about the people who know how to fish but have no nets?

            Across the globe members of impoverished or rural communities work long and often grueling hours to perform tasks such as fetching water, tending crops, hunting, or finding fuel. While these resources can be scarce, often their real problem is not having the tools necessary process and efficiently use the resources they do have.

Countless humanitarian organizations work tirelessly to install water-pumping and filtration systems, communications networks, and other technological boons for farmers and rural villagers. One such group, very small in number but ambitious in its aims, calls itself “The Full Belly Project.”

This group has a unique vision that guides them to address some of the crucial gaps missed by larger organizations. The Full Belly Project devises prototypes for small-scale gizmos and contraptions to solve problems that may seem small but that take far too much time and effort without the right tools.

You can listen in to our conversation with Jock Brandis, Director of Research and Development of the Full Belly Project on our website. The project’s work is streamlining the daily workload of thousands of people across the world, giving them the tools to help themselves for years to come.

Check out the Full Belly Project’s Website here.​


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