An organization that's near to my heart is a finalist in the BBC 6th Annual World Challenge 10 - a "a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grassroots level."
The Full Belly Project, based in Wilmington, North Carolina in the U.S. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "Design and distribute income-generating agricultural devices".
Here's a link to The Full Belly Project.
Their signature device, designed by a local guy, Jock Brandis, is:
The Universal Nut Sheller (UNS): The UNS is a hand-powered device made of concrete and simple metal parts that can shell 125 pounds of peanuts per hour. It can also shell a number of other crops, such as coffee, jatropha, shea, and neem nuts. The Universal Nut Sheller costs about $50-75 dollars to make in a developing country, depending on the price of local materials, and can serve the needs of a village of 5,000 people.
So anyway, one of their projects, called "In A Nutshell" which is in progress in Malawi in Africa, is one of the 12 finalists in the World Challenge 10.
Here's a link with info about "In A Nutshell."
And a video:
So this post is a blatant, but heartfelt request for your vote for "In a Nutshell" in the World Challenge 10.
So, if you'd like to support this fine organization with a great project and technology to encourage and feed people around the world, please go to World Challenge 10 , click on "Vote Now" and go to the bottom of the list of finalists to select "Malawi - In a Nutshell."
With love, respect, and appreciation,