PAEGC Site Visits with iDE in Nepal

Published: Jul. 25, 2016

In 2013,
iDE (International Development Enterprises)
(United States) received a Powering Agriculture award for the
Early Adoption/Distribution (Stage 4) of
Solar Photovoltaic
solutions for
Irrigation
in the production of
Horticulture
in
Zambia
Nepal
Honduras

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.

Over April 13–26, PAEGC visited 11 of iDE’s SunFlower solar pumps installed in five plain regions of Nepal. PAEGC conducted interviews with farmers using the SunFlower pumps for irrigation, as well as various stakeholders in the pump supply chain, including an agricultural cooperative and a future pump retailer.

One of the farmers using the solar pump reported increased income that has allowed for purchase of household items and payment of school fees, and an improved diet as a result of better vegetable production and consumption. Improved household sanitation was also observed, as the access to water from the pump has led to more frequent flushing of the toilet.

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Jul. 24, 2016

Over April 13–26, PAEGC visited 11 of iDE’s SunFlower solar pumps installed in five plain regions of Nepal. PAEGC interviewed farmers using the SunFlower pumps for irrigation, as well as various stakeholders in the pump supply chain, including an agricultural cooperative and a future pump retailer.

Jul. 24, 2016

PAEGC conducted visits to all seven of iDE’s SunFlower pump installation sites in Honduras over June 6–10. PAEGC interviewed the vegetable farmers using iDE’s clean irrigation technology, the Honduras iDE Team and visited the organization’s warehouse.

Jan. 28, 2015

iDE has, in recent weeks, installed the first round of pumps in Nepal for field trials. The field-testing is important because it gives farmers a chance to see the technology, understand how it works and provide their feedback.