Appropriate technologies can reduce tiresome labor and increase
the efficiency of the rural family in their work at home and in the fields.
There are many simple machines, tools, utensils, pumps, and other items which
can make significant improvements in people's lives, but not all are suitable
for the living situation. Development workers must be particularly cautious with
introducing and promoting new technologies too hastily. It is essential to
determine the needs and commitment of the community toward new methods.
There are many excellent organizations and resources with counsel
and publications on energy systems, labor-saving devices, construction, and
other areas. ECHO does not specialize in appropriate technologies, and people
who send us technical questions on these areas are usually referred to the
organizations listed here for specialist