In Kenya, over two thirds of the population work in agriculture. Most are smallholders, and they produce 60% of the food eaten in Kenya. Frequent droughts make irrigation a necessity, so Futurepump found a sustainable and inexpensive way for farmers to be productive, even in a dry climate.
Promethean Power is one of 20 start-ups who will take center stage for Pitch Day in Singapore on October 26th. The top five will go to the finale on November 15th. The shortlisted start-ups are in the running to win the $15,000 Jury’s Prize and/or the $5,000 Audience Prize at the Finale. Good luck!
Sukuma wiki (kale) is a tasty and popular part of Kenyan cuisine. It's in particular demand during the dry season, when fewer farmers are growing it. Using Futurepump's solar irrigation pump technology means that farmers can grow kale year-round, which is both profitable and delicious.
EarthSpark International, a women-run enterprise, is one of 15 recipients of the 2018 UN ‘Momentum for Change’ award. Their work to ensure pro-women outcomes in all its energy access projects has earned them a place among the "Women for Results" winners. Congratulations on a job well done!
India has seen over $42 billion in renewable energy investment over the last 4 years. Claro Energy is a part of the upsurge of innovation that's helping India to meet its 100 GW solar power target by 2022—an important part of the country's overall global climate change commitments.
When farmers in Uganda all plant during the rainy season, it leads to a surplus, which forces prices down. Experts like Kickstart International's John Kinaga are encouraging farmers to irrigate instead, which provides better food security, protects farmers from climate risks and reduces poverty.
Congratulations to SimGas! They've been chosen as a finalist for the 2018 Climate and Clean Air Award. This award recognizes exceptional contributions toward reducing short-lived climate pollutants, which contribute about 40% of the manmade heat energy being added to the planet every year.
William Kisaalita, a professor at the UGA College of Engineering, feels strongly about giving back to his native country of Uganda. To do this, he created the Evakuula, which uses biofuel to heat fresh milk, killing the bacteria, and then uses evaporative cooling to chill and preserve it for market.
Husk Power Systems generates electricity sustainably, producing almost no carbon, and by using rice husks that would normally be wasted. The charred rice husks that remain after the gasification process are then used to make incense sticks, a process that employs local women.
EDF will share its experience selling and installing off-grid solutions for residential customers and its knowledge of Central and West African markets."We’re excited, as this partnership gives us the opportunity to work with EDF to increase rural productivity,” said SunCulture's Samir Ibrahim.
Great news for SunCulture is also great news for smallholder farmers in Africa! SunCulture CEO Samir Ibrahim is looking forward to a productive partnership with the EDF Group, and to working together to increase rural household productivity across the African continent.