RAM Pumps and Upland Farmers | Auke Idzenga


Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc (AIDFI)  

There are hundreds of thousands upland villages and farms all over the world without easy access to drinking, household or irrigation water. Manually fetching water with an average of 40 liters per household per day results in many problems: time or money spent for fetching water, no water for sanitation, water borne diseases, kids skipping classes and in case of rain fed farms: low production and sometimes crop failures caused by droughts.  Auke Idzenga founded Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation (AIDFI) to tackle the problem of the lack of freshwater access to highland farmers via a nearly forgotten technology which utilizes the energy contained in falling water the hydraulic ram pump.  Over the years AIDFI has perfected a model that uses the energy contained in falling water to lift a portion of this water to a higher elevation. The AIDFI model is a crossbreed (best of both) of expensive-heavy-duty-cast models commercially available and inferior-low-cost models.  Made from locally sourced materials, the pumps reach an average of 600 people. AIDFI has had success in Afghanistan, Colombia, Nepal and the Philippines, assisting some 222,000 people in 370 villages.