4th Military & Commercial Microgrids Summit

June 17-19, 2014, Washington, DC

The 4th Military & Commercial Microgrids Summit will take place in Washington, D.C from June 17-19, 2014 and its central theme focuses on (1) the business cases for microgrids in myriad application areas, (2) quantifying the energy security, (3) power quality, and (4) reliability benefits against the cost of adding new equipment for microgrids.

Mr. Dan Schnitzer and Ms. Allison Archambault of EarthSpark International, a 2013 Powering Agriculture Energy Grand Challenge winner, will be discussing smart meters and their microgrid work in Haiti. 

Sustainable Energy For Food Symposium

June 12, 2014, Deutsche Welle, Bonn, Germany

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the German Development Institute (DIE) on the behalf of BMZ is hosting a symposium called “Nachhaltige Energie für Ernährung“ (Sustainable Energy for Food) in Bonn, Germany.

This symposium brings together professionals with backgrounds comprising research, business, development cooperation and civil society to discuss solutions to expand access to clean energy throughout the energy-agriculture value chain. In particular, the Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC), launched by The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Sweden, Duke Energy Corporation, the Government of Germany, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in 2012, will be discussed.

Moreover, Dr. Tilman Altenburg from the German Development Institute (DIE) will explain the relevance of this sustainable energy for food and map out the challenges ahead. Brief inputs will look in greater depth at how much and what type of energy agri-food chains require, as well as exploring sustainable energy options for a viable food industry. The morning’s event will close with a look at innovative regional energy supply solutions and also showcase actual regional development experiences.

Furthermore, there will be three parallel working groups that will focus on specific aspects in more depth:

  • Working group 1: ‘Cooperation with the Private Sector’
  • Working group 2: ‘Energy Efficiency – A Potential Gain for Agro Industries’  (This working group will be held in English)
  • Working group 3: ‘Optimising Agricultural Irrigation from an Energy Perspective’.

Powering Agriculture: A Multi-Donor Approach to Supporting Clean Energy for Agricultural Growth

March 5, 2014, 3:30–5:30PM EST
Nexus 2014 Conference, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will be hosting an event at the Nexus 2014: Water, Climate, Food and Energy Conference to present a multi-donor approach designed to catalyze public and private resources to address barriers to growth within the clean energy/agriculture nexus. ‘Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development’ ( is a global initiative steered by USAID, the Governments of Sweden and Germany, and Duke Energy. Through this session, participants will be introduced to the Grand Challenge for Development model which supports a cadre of international innovators who have developed clean energy solutions to power irrigation systems, on-farm mechanization, refrigeration systems, and value-added processing facilities in developing countries. The session will also present a newly-launched online platform, which will serve as virtual repository and knowledge-sharing site for research, studies, and technological advancements focused on the important role clean energy services play in agriculture intensification and sustainable food production. Lessons learned will be shared on efforts made and challenges faced in developing cost-appropriate technologies, establishing effective business models, securing financing, and rallying public/private/academic interest within the clean energy/agriculture space.

Powering Ag Winners Announcement/DevelopmentXChange

December 11, 2013 - More information to follow

Join us as we announce the first winners of Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development. Globally, thirteen winners were selected and awarded funding of between $800,000 and $1.5 million to support the development and deployment of innovative clean energy solutions for the agricultural sector in emerging markets. On December 11th, you’ll have the chance to meet the winners, hear about their projects, and learn more about the critical issues at the nexus of clean energy and agriculture. We look forward to seeing you!

Powering Agriculture Energy Grand Challenge: Pre-Solicitation Discussion (Webinars)

July 9, 9:30AM EST (for General Audiences) &
July 11, 2:30PM EST (For Investors and Financial Institutions)
To Register, Cick HERE

This is an opportunity for you to help us create the program by asking questions, offering your thoughts & sharing your experiences about the nexus of energy and agriculture in developing countries. Join us on July 9th or 11th, but don't forget to review the Pre-solicitation by clicking on APPLY on the homepage. We look forward to speaking to you!

Announcement of Powering Agriculture: A Grand Challenge for Development at Rio +20

June 22, 11:00am-12:30pm
U.S. Center, Rio de Janeiro

This event will feature high-level speakers from the founding partners of the Grand Challenge, including USAID, the Swedish Government, Duke Energy, and the African Development Bank, and USDA. Additional high-level speakers from the US Government, partner country governments in Africa and Central America, and the NGO community will address the critical need for a catalyst in the agriculture and energy nexus.

Launch of Powering Agriculture: A Grand Challenge for Development

June 12, 2012, 4:15pm
Georgetown University, Washington DC

  • Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator
  • Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary, US Department of Agriculture (invited)
  • Gunilla Carlsson, Swedish Minister of Development Cooperation
  • David Mohler, CTO, Duke Energy

USAID Frontiers in Development Conference

June 11-13, 2012
Georgetown University, Washington DC

The three-day Frontiers in Development conference will serve as a forum for world leaders, government officials, and international development experts to address the rapidly changing context for global development. The conference will discuss key challenges and opportunities facing developing countries and development organizations and strengthen the analysis, design, and implementation of programs aimed at meeting these challenges.