Featured Tool: Ring Hoe Weeder


In this Earth Links, Inc. “Featured Equipment” post we have included two designs and supporting research for the production of a weeding tool which can be made for less than $10 USD. Smallholder rice farmers require efficient, affordable and labor-saving weed management technologies, the ring/stirrup hoe has shown to fit this profile. The Ring Hoe was found to be the most borrowed weeding tool in a Sub-Saharan Africa study, and is one of the most preferred weeders among men and women farmers because it is lightweight and affordable.