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    Five Cheap Ways To Help Subsistence Farmers

    Here are five simple, cheap solutions to help female farmers around the world. The following five solutions cost less than a coffee, and could make a real impact on the daily life of one family.

    The severe problems faced by subsistence farmers are not simple in scope, but some simple solutions can go a long way to helping a farmer. Here are five simple, cost effective ways that could help subsistence farmers around the world.

    1. Planting in Rows = Less Weeding

    2. Grain Bags

    Storage is a key issue for poor farmers, bags like GrainPro's bag can be bought cheaply for $1.50 in bulk. The bag prevents oxygen from entering, while still allowing oxygen to escape. This stops insects from surviving in the bag and ruining the harvest.

    3. Fruit and Vegetable Bags

    4. Cheap Corn Sheller

    After harvest the seeds can often be broke while getting taken off the corn cob and is hard work for the women. Cheap shellers can be easily bought for less than a dollar, or made from a tin can.

    5. Sieve to Clean Seeds

    Now that you know five cheap items to help subsistence farmers, let your friends, and even your government representative in on the secret. Show everyone the cheap solutions that cost less than the coffee you bought this morning. #lessthanacoffee

    Kelly Doig

    Student at The University of Guelph