Updated: May 4, 2016
This annual report describes the key activities of Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC) implemented over the financial year period of October 2014 to September 2015.
Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development represents a partnership of the United States Agency for International Development with the Government of Sweden, the Government of Germany, Duke Energy Corporation, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. It was launched in 2012 with the goal to support new and sustainable approaches to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy solutions for increasing agriculture productivity and/or value in developing countries. Powering Agriculture will:
- Support clean energy technology and business model innovations for agriculture.
- Ensure that financial intermediaries have the capital they need to help organizations scale their innovations and reach the farmers and farm-related businesses that need these technologies.
- Develop partnerships with public and private sector organizations that want to support the goals of the Powering Agriculture program.
- Serve as a clean energy and agricultural information resource for people around the world.
Some of the main activities that were implemented during the reporting year period include:
- The launch of the second global innovation call resulting in 871 concept note submissions from 99 countries and the selection of 13 winners who will work in 9 countries.
- Preparation of a report in conjunction with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) focused on the energy needs, at all stages, along selected agri-food value chains. The report gives recommendations on how these value chains may become more energy smart by employing clean energy solutions.
- Ongoing public awareness raising activities, including the launch of a newly designed www.poweringag.org website, the increased dissemination of the quarterly e-newsletter, the Twitter presence, articles in leading publications, and sessions and exhibitions at several conferences.
- The launch of the Powering Agriculture Xcelerator (PAX) Program to provide Innovators with biz-tech development services, investment, and market partnership facilitation. The PAX Program is designed to help PAEGC Innovators advance their product or service more efficiently and effectively toward impact and scale.
In the next financial year (October 2015 to September 2016), Powering Agriculture expects to implement the following major items:
- Convene a week-long training acceleration workshop for its Innovators in November 2015, ending with the Powering Agriculture Innovators Showcase (PAIS) at which the 2015 Innovator Cohort will be formally announced.
- Launch an 8-week, free Massive Open Online Course over February 1 to March 27, 2016, to introduce challenges and solutions for sustainable energy use in the agriculture and food industry.
- Participate in various conferences such as the National Council for Science and the Environment’s 2016 Food-Energy-Water Nexus conference from January 19 to 21, 2016, in Arlington, Virginia, USA.
- Continue its work on “Opportunities for Agri-food Chains to become Energy-Smart” with a follow-up study to assess the specific financial and economic implications of the identified energy technologies in the agri-food sector, the technology suitability for a specific development context, the actual return on investment expected, as well as the enabling conditions and policies needed to trigger the much sought pro-poor investments in the sector with regard to clean energy solutions.
- Undertake site visits, document review, and follow-up phone calls to verify the performance indicator data submitted by 2013 Innovators in order to verify the impact of the clean energy solutions as their awards come to a close in FY2016.