The Tech Solutions Helping to Improve Livelihoods of African Farmers

Published Jan. 25, 2017

By and  for The Guardian

About Powering Agriculture

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.

From fingerprint contracts to alternative insurance scoring, here are some innovative technologies being used to increase yields and income for smallholders.

Solar pumps

Unpredictable rainfall means small-scale farmers often need to invest in irrigation. However, many irrigation products are either unaffordable, difficult to maintain or are not suitable for a small farm. In contrast, the SF1 solar pump produced by Futurepump is targeted towards “the world’s one acre farmers”. It’s low-cost, highly efficient and portable. Futurepump has now sold over 1,000 pumps across 18 countries and is looking for distribution partners outside Africa.

Read about the other projects and innovations at The Guardian.

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