2017 Ashden International Award Finalists

Published Mar. 9, 2017

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Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development supports the development and deployment of clean energy innovations that increase agriculture productivity and stimulate low carbon economic growth in the agriculture sector of developing countries to help end extreme poverty and extreme hunger.

Powering Agriculture innovators Futurepump and SunCulture are both finalists for the 2017 Ashden International Award. Established in 2001, the Ashden Awards are a globally recognised measure for excellence in the field of green energy.

Futurepump

The future’s bright for farmers in Kenya

Climate change is making rainfall unpredictable and fuel for petrol irrigation pumps is expensive. Futurepump manufactures and sells a low-cost, highly efficient and portable solar irrigation pump aimed at the millions of smallholder farmers in Kenya and around the world. It’s a cleaner and more sustainable alternative to costly and polluting petrol or diesel pumps, and instead of spending hours carrying water, farmers can increase their income, growing more crops, all year round.

SunCulture

High quality drip irrigation

SunCulture designs, manufactures, finances and distributes solar-powered irrigation systems that make it simpler and cheaper for farmers in Kenya to grow high quality produce. Passionate about the intersection between technology and agriculture, SunCulture is improving smallholder farmer livelihoods and environmental sustainability. The organisation is launching a Pay-As-You-Grow programme to help address the $150 billion global shortfall in agriculture finance.

For the full list of finalists, visit Ashden

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Futurepump's innovations change lives! Kenyan farmer Evans Shikuku recently bought a calf with the savings he realized by irrigating with a Futurepump solar pump. "The solar pump has helped me buy a cow to feed my family in addition to making an extra coin from the sale of milk,” said Shikuku.

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Feb. 19, 2017

SunCulture and Futurepump have been longlisted for the Ashden Awards, the annual competition that encourages sustainable energy development and acknowledges leaders in innovation. It's one of the most prestigious awards in the sustainability community! Keep an eye on these two innovators for sure.