what we do
What Takes 40 Women Laboring Two Grueling Days Barefoot In A Rice Paddy, the Eli Seeder Can Do In Just One Hour With One Farmer
Witness to History
BB2C Empowers Women Farmers
BB2C now provides training for women to understand seeder technology. Agricultural mechanization increases gender inequities. Men are the beneficiaries of training for farm improvement, especially farm mechanization leaving women behind. The research shows that the lack of women’s technical knowledge results in a loss of empowerment, reducing their status in the home and community.
BB2C’s affordable leapfrog technology is a paradigm shift in how rice is planted in Cambodia and how it can be planted throughout all of Southeast Asia and beyond.
For centuries Cambodian farmers planted rice in the effective but labor-intensive method of transplanting seedlings individually by hand to rows in rice paddies. Increased migration to cities causing severe labor shortage in rural areas has resulted in broadcasting rice seeds, a method used by up to ninety percent of the farmers and practiced out of desperation. Broadcast planting or indiscriminately throwing seeds on a field relies heavily on fertilizer, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and causes damage to the ecosystem. No spacing between seedlings causes lower yields because competition for nutrients is higher, and weeding becomes difficult. Therefore, lower profits.
The market is evolving and BB2C, with our affordable, locally produced technology, addresses this urgent need for a new method. BB2C’s technology brilliantly shoots the seeds into the ground with uniform spacing. Seeds embedded are drought resistant since the soil contains more moisture deeper in the ground. The seeds are also protected from being washed away by flooding. Embedded seeds are protected from pests such as rats, snakes, and birds.
Our new addition to the product line, the Eli Rice Seeder, is a rice planter that does away with the backbreaking work of women bending over all day in rice paddies or the ineffective method of broadcasting the seeds.
We Believe People Must Be In Charge Of Their Own Development
In contrast to what other large aid agencies do, BB2C is promoting the concept that the farmers can do it themselves; it is through their own efforts that they will increase opportunities for themselves and their families.
We will provide the technology, but the farmers will provide the drive and skills to create a better life.
We are nimble. We are resourceful. We are dedicated. We find innovative ways to expand on a modest budget.
We are pragmatic idealists seeking to solve huge problems with simple proven solutions.
We are a “can-do” organization which can change direction on a dime if a better idea is found to reach our goals.
In the beginning, until we could afford a safer truck, we traveled great distances on the rutted roads of Cambodia to market our pumps on a motorbike with a cart.
“The Cambodian team is extraordinary, from the dedicated engineers to the devoted workshop staff. A great organization is a thousand little sacrifices when no one is looking – the administration working in an office with no air-conditioning, the outreach team driving over rutted roads, the engineers working late into the night, the workshop staff working in the heat of the day on a weekend, it takes everyone.”
– Paula Shirk
BB2C is acting on the Eight United Nations Sustainable Goals (SDGs)
The United Nation Sustainable Development Goals also known as Global Goals, are a set of 17 integrated and interrelated goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that humanity enjoys peace and prosperity by 2030.