Design principles describe the most important elements that guide how and what we design.
For the Agricultural Innovation Challenge, we have four design principles that all of our solutions to the challenge question should keep in mind:
Maximize limited resources
Small-scale farmers are under-resourced. They and their families may have limited access to additional capital, or to technologies that could improve their livelihoods. But they also have an intimate understanding of their crops and communities. How can we empower small-scale farmers to make the most of what they have, and build on the resourcefulness they already rely on daily?
Women are farmers
Women and girls bear the disproportionate burden of poverty. Although they are caregivers and role models in their communities, they often have access to fewer resources than their male counterparts. As we consider ways to improve the lives of small-scale farmers, let’s make sure our solutions respond to the unique needs of women and girls, include their perspectives and involve them in the implementation process.