Treadle Pumps

This multi-award winning Climate and Development project empowers small holder famers in India, giving them the opportunity to work their way out of poverty. At the same time it reduces carbon emissions, helping to tackle climate change.

In rural India, 98 million families make their living by growing and selling crops. To them, irrigation is the difference between success and failure. In many areas, there is an abundant water source available underground but most farmers can’t access it, meaning they can only grow one crop a year during the monsoon season. Farmers that can afford to, rent expensive diesel pumps to irrigate their land in dry spells, but these release harmful gases and can cause soil erosion.

ClimateCare is working in partnership with IDEI (an Indian not-for-profit) to provide simple, affordable Treadle Pumps as a cost-effective and reliable way to irrigate crops year round. Manufactured locally, these Treadle Pumps use human power to move regular, small volumes of water from below ground. As a result, farmers can grow two or three crops per year instead of one, increasing their income by an average of $400 every year.

More than 913,000 families now enjoy the benefits of owning a Treadle Pump. This project has also reduced over 170,000 tonnes of CO2e. The project relies on carbon finance and has received support and acknowledgement from organisations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Ashden Awards and the Acumen Fund.



  • Tackling rural poverty: creating extra income for almost 1 million farmers.
  • Empowering farmers: giving control over irrigation and the opportunity to grow a wider range of crops.
  • Creating jobs: over 1 million days’ employment has been created for local people manufacturing the treadle pumps.
  • Protecting the environment: reducing soil erosion and cutting 170,000 tonnes of CO2e.
  • Helping families: reducing migration to the city for seasonal work and increasing access to education through economic empowerment.


Case Study

“It’s an availability of cash everyday now……my field is a picturesque defining tale of prosperity. All thanks to KB Pump which is a main hero of my field” says Asha.


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