appropriate technology


appropriate technology
noun
: technology that is suitable to the social and economic conditions of the geographic area in which it is to be applied, is environmentally sound, and promotes self-sufficiency on the part of those using it

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appropriate technology noun
(the development, adaption or upgrading of) local or locally appropriate industries (eg spinning, weaving, pottery, etc in developing countries) as an alternative to expensive and inappropriate imported technologies
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appropriate technology UK US noun [uncountable] economics
technology that is suitable for the place in which it will be used, usually involving skills or materials that are easily available in the local area
Thesaurus: technology and relating to technologyhyponym

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appropriate technology,
the use of machinery and methods suited to available conditions, particularly to conditions of underdeveloped areas: »

Soap making has become an appropriate technology classic. The oil is locally produced, technology for small scale soap making already exists, the market is local, and soap can be produced for half the price of the nationally advertised brands (New Scientist).


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