Assistive exoskeletons for agricultural workers

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Description of the innovative solution

Agricultural development Agricultural extension

Agricultural labour is heavy work and can require difficult postures, imposing a large physical strain on farmers. Assistive exoskeletons are mechanical structures that can be worn while undertaking manual labour to increase strength and endurance. They are rigid wearable devices with linking components that can assist the wearer by producing torques from the user’s motions, or using power to assist movement. Activities most likely to benefit from assistive exoskeletons are lifting and carrying heavy loads, repetitive actions associated with harvesting, using hand tools, and climbing equipment.

Supply chain segment

Handling, storage and transport/distribution

Maturity level

Moving to scale


Food availability

SDG target

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being


Urban Peri-urban Rural Marine/Coastal

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Potential of Exoskeletons in Agriculture
Scientific paper
Article capturing leading perspectives from Farm Health and Safety on the potential benefits and drawbacks of assistive exoskeletons for farmworkers.
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