Congratulations to SunCulture, Futurepump, Husk Power Systems and EarthSpark's offshoot, SparkMeter—they've all been identified by the London Stock Exchange Group as being among Africa’s most inspiring small & medium-sized enterprises!
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.
Congratulations to Powering Agriculture innovators Futurepump and SunCulture! They're both finalists for the 2017 Ashden International Award. Established in 2001, the Ashden Awards are a globally recognized measure for excellence in the field of green energy
Futurepump's SF-1 solar irrigation pump strikes a balance between cost and performance. It sells for $650, and for that, farmers get the pump and a 80-watt photovoltaic solar panel, which on a full day of bright sunlight can pump 12,000 liters of water—enough for farmers with one acre plots.
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.
The Guardian highlights Futurepump in a tech overview piece about innovative technologies that are being used to increase yields and income for smallholder farmers. The SF1 solar pump's low-cost, efficiency and portability have lead to brisk sales among “the world’s one-acre farmers”.
The longlist for the 2017 Ashden Awards has been announced, and Powering Agriculture Innovators Futurepump and SunCulture are on it! Awards range from £10,000 to £20,000. Shortlists will be announced in March, with the Awards to be presented in London on June 15, 2017.
Startups in Kenya offer tools like solar-powered irrigation pumps and all-natural pesticides, while nonprofits and banks improve access to such products with microloans and weather-based insurance. It's all part of a movement to equip Kenyan farmers with the tools they need to face global warming.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, two billion acres of farmland are weather-dependent. Farmers who've adopted solar water pumps and drip irrigation reduce the risk of crop failure and improve productivity and food security. Powering Ag Innovators Futurepump and SunCulture are helping with this transition.
A solar-powered pump from Futurepump is helping a farmer push water into two upstream ponds where he is rearing tilapia. After seeing the efficiency of the solar-powered pump for irrigation, he decided to start fish farming to make use of the free sun when the machine is not needed for irrigation.
Thanks to Futurepump, some of the poorest and most remote farmers in Kenya are now using solar power to irrigate their land. Using solar energy instead of petrol is a win for farmers and for the environment. Futurepump has now manufactured over 1,000 pumps, and is looking for global distributors.