Featured SRI Equipment

Equipment for Farming with SRI

Featured Tool: Mandava Weeder

CAD Drawings: Mandava Weeder

Associated Research Articles: Mandava Weeder

Videos & YouTube: Mandava Weeder

Related Resources: Mandava Weeder

General Specifications for Mandava Weeder 

Mandava Weeder

  • Length: 1500 mm
  • Width f(handle): 460 mm
  • Nominal width: 150mm
  • Working width: 120mm
  • Height:  1000 mm
  • Type of Handle: T-Type
  • Number of Rotors: 1
  • Weight: 5.1 kg
  • Unit Cost: $25.00/- (approx. USD)

Resources for Women Rice Farmers 

Commercial Sellers: Mandava Weeder

Women Farmer Links

  1. SRI and It’s Impacts on Women
  2. SRI Cultivates Well-Being for Women
  3. System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and Labouring Bodies
  4. Gender Issues in Weeder Design
  5. SRI4Women
  6. Small Farmers Can Reap Big Benefits with Affordable Tools
  7. Mechanical Advantage: Oxfam working with RACHANA to modify weeders for women farmers.
  8. Weeding Out Complexities of Rice Farming
  9. Women Showing the Way with Agroecology
  10. Understanding dynamics of labour in System of Rice Intensification (SRI): Insights from grassroots experiences in Odisha, India, Sabarmatee’s Phd .pdf
  11. Workload on Women Using Cono Weeder in SRI Method of Paddy Cultivation. I do not have a hot link for this article yet. Link for ANGR Agricultural University, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad Journals is: 
  12. Women Friendly Equipment with Photographs From the Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering (ICAR) India Drudgery Reducing Technologies for Women in Agriculture
    https://farmech.dac.gov.in/Women%20Friendaly%20Equipment-  With%20photographs.pdf
  13. System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and Labouring Bodies
  14. Gender Issues in Rice Based Farming Systems
  15. Final report of RACHANA/Oxfam project to modify tools for women rice farmers
    No link. Note: this I a comprehensive report of the field studies conducted in number 7, “Mechanical Advantage: Oxfam working with RACHANA to modify weeders for women farmers.”
  16. Ergonomical Evaluation of Cono-Weeder with Farm Women
  17. Cono weeder: An economic hand tool for women labour in paddy field
  18. Gender Dimensions of the Adoption of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Cambodia

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Earth Links work at the International Rice Conference (IRC)

The “International Rice Conference” in Singapore and the “International Workshop to Enhance Cooperation and Sharing among SRI National Networks” in Malaysia

The IRC is took place in Singapore, October 14-17 at the Marina Bay Sands and the Workshop was held at the The Leverage Business Hotel-Skudai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia on the 18th-19th of October.

A Very Special Thanks to Oxfam for making the SRI Rice booth possible at the IRC
At the IRC Stephen Leinau made a presentation on “Reducing Injuries and Increasing Yields for Smallholder Women Rice Farmers through Additive Manufacturing and the Design, Modification and Testing of Rotors for use with SRI Weeders” and made a presentation on “The Future Guardians of Rice: Bali, World Heritage, and the Next Generation of Farmers” on behalf of the paper’s four authors; Wiwik Dharmiasih, Micah Fisher, Lucy Fisher and Stephen Leinau.  http://ricecongress2018.irri.org

At the Malaysian meeting as part of the “HIGHLIGHTS OF GLOBAL INITIATIVES” Stephen discussed the development of an international SRI Equipment Network.