By Shobha Bhatia
The purpose of this e-book is to supply engineering educators with a real-life case examine that may be introduced into latest classes to assist bridge the space among engineering and the worldwide global. The case learn makes a speciality of how our engineering learn of alternative usual plant fibers for soil erosion regulate led us to small villages in Kerala, India, the place marginalized girls staff frequently stand waste deep in water numerous hours an afternoon, fresh and beat coconuts via hand, and separate and spin coconut (coir) fibers into yarn via hand, for terribly low wages. The case research presents perception into the 3 dimensions of sustainability (technocentric, ecocentric, and sociocentric) and the way they arrive jointly in a regular engineering challenge.
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Although India is the world’s largest producer of coir fiber, it has historically exported very little and lags far behind the world leader, Sri Lanka, who has dominated world exports of coir fiber since the early 1970s (FAOSTAT 2008). However, the market has witnessed changes over the last several years with the addition of several new players (Belgium, China, Germany, Indonesia, Spain, United States, and Venezuela) into the coir fiber export market. India’s exports of coir fiber have, however, been steadily increasing in recent years, going from 1% of the world’s coir fiber export market in 1996 to nearly 11% in 2002 (FAOSTAT 2008).
1 Interviews Women workers were interviewed from two different villages. The women were questioned regarding their background and family, financial status, work conditions, and changes in technology over time. They were also questioned regarding their ideas for improving the industry. 1 for typical questions). Each interview was taped and later transcribed. Detailed notes and observations were recorded in field notes and later analyzed. Village 1: Small village factory in the Vaikom Taluk. The first village, located in the Vaikom Taluk in the Kottayam District, was the home of a small village factory that manufactured coir yarn and carpets.
Although Sri Lanka exports less than 40% of the amount of yarn that 40 Bridging the Gap Between Engineering and the Global World India does, they have been steadily gaining in the market share of coir yarn exports in recent years, although the market has witnessed a decreasing trend in coir yarn imports since the early 1970s. This indicates that more countries are processing their own coir yarn from coir fiber imports. Coir products. In terms of coir product imports, the market has been relatively flat since the early 1970s, with the exception of the United States and UK, who have seen growth in imports since the mid-1990s (FAOSTAT 2008).