appropriate technology

Definition

Economics

  • noun technology which is suited to the local environment, usually involving skills or materials which are easily available locally. In many parts of world, devices to help the local population cultivate the land can be made out of simple pipes or pieces of metal. Expensive tractors may not only be unsuitable for the terrain involved, but also use fuel which costs more than the crops produced.
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