Speaker Highlights from the 2015 Powering Agriculture Innovator Showcase
Feb. 18, 2016

At the Nov. 20, 2015 Powering Agriculture Innovator Showcase in Washington, D.C., the 2015 Innovator Cohort was introduced to the world. Hear what the Founding Partners, Innovators and guest speakers had to say about Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development.

Powering Agriculture: Voices of the Energy Grand Challenge for Development
Apr. 28, 2015

In developing countries, three out of four people living in poverty have incomes tied to agriculture. Powering Agriculture is finding clean energy solutions to help them. Hear some of the voices of Powering Agriculture from Kenya, where only five percent of farmers have electricity.

Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development
Jun. 12, 2012

Millions of farmers in developing countries have no, or poor quality, grid power, limiting the productivity needed to feed growing populations and farmers out of poverty. To address these barriers to development, the Founding Partners have created Powering Agriculture.

KickStart International's Stanford Engineering Hero
Feb. 24, 2017

KickStart International's Dr. Martin Fisher was chosen as one of Stanford University's 2016 Engineering Heroes. He accepted his award on February 7th, and delivered a talk at Stanford University entitled "Engineering a Path Out of Poverty." 

Solar Energy Can Revolutionize Agriculture and Boost Food Security
Dec. 13, 2016

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.

Khalid Duri of African Bamboo Featured on TV2 Africa
Jun. 30, 2016

Khalid Duri, General Manager of Powering Agriculture Innovator African Bamboo, was featured in a news story produced by TV2 Africa. The story highlights the potential market for Ethiopian bamboo. African Bamboo is developing an innovative manufacturing process to turn Ethiopia’s plentiful bamboo into flooring.

Solar and Wind Energy Help Farmers, Small Households
Jun. 9, 2016

Sustainably harvesting solar and wind energy used to require a large initial investment. Falling equipment prices means increased accessibility to new technologies, so energy can now be generated on a small budget. Homeowners in India and farmers in Africa are seeing the benefits.

Solar Powered Agro-Processing Machines
Jun. 3, 2016

VIA and their partner, Project Support Services, demonstrate some of the solar powered agricultural machines that they have developed. All the machines are plug-and-play, powered by 24V DC motors. Future efforts will include water pumps and power distribution kits for village-scale nano-grids.

Promethean Power
Apr. 28, 2016

Promethean Power Systems designs and manufactures refrigeration systems for cold-storage applications in off-grid and partially electrified areas of developing countries. Their products enable food suppliers to reliably store and preserve perishable food items without the need for generators.

MOOC Week 8: Summary
Mar. 20, 2016

In this last video of the PoweringAg MOOC, Professor Ramchandra Bhandari summarizes the previous weeks. Have a look and see what you have learned in the past two months!

MOOC Week 7: Business Models
Mar. 13, 2016

In this week’s video Professor Ramchandra Bhandari, TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences, builds on the previous economic lessons to introduce you to business models for clean energy projects for agriculture. Learn about the theory as well as about real-life examples in this video!