Corn Shellers

MIT's D-Lab

The corn sheller project originated from D-Lab’s initiative to design a product that improves the efficiency of shelling corn, a process often done by hand in Rwanda and other developing, agriculture-based economies. D-Lab came to Rwanda to explore how their technology could be implemented. The project was highly needed in a country with 11 million people packed into an area the size of Maryland, where 90 percent of that population consists of small-plot farmers, and where 10 percent of total cultivated land is covered by maize crops.

The following D-Lab documents describe the background and processes behind this simple, low-cost technology:

Background

Cast Corn Sheller: BUILD-IT

Corn Sheller: BUILD-IT

Sheet Corn Sheller: DO-IT

Corn Sheller Jig: DO-IT