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About Practical Action

Technology Challenging Poverty


Practical Action is an international development agency working with poor communities across the developing world. By sharing simple and sustainable solutions to devastating problems, those communities can improve their lives for today and generations to come. For more information please visit our website at


Our work on climate change

Our climate is changing and it’s the world’s poorest people who are hardest hit by devastating droughts, floods and other extreme weather events.

This is a massive injustice - the average Briton produces 48 times more carbon dioxide every year than someone living in Bangladesh .

Drawing linking 'Western' lifestyle with climate change

Around the world, Practical Action is working with poor people to help them adapt to the effects of climate change.


Our work on Education

Practical Action’s education unit produces a range of engaging resources for Science, Design & Technology and Geography teaching at both primary and secondary level. Set without a global context resources include STEM challenges, which link to CREST awards; global updates produced with the Association of Science Education; concept cartoons; video and image galleries and much more. Go to


Our work on food

Practical Action works with farmers in developing countries building on local knowledge and traditional skills and helping them to increase their food security. However, the effects of climate change are making it increasingly difficult for farmers to cope. Practical Action works with communities to ensure food security and increase incomes.


Contact us

Practical Action
The Schumacher Centre
Bourton on Dunsmore
CV23 9QZ
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)1926 634400