Powering Agriculture Policy Round Table Summary

About Powering Agriculture

Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development supports the development and deployment of clean energy innovations that increase agriculture productivity and stimulate low carbon economic growth in the agriculture sector of developing countries to help end extreme poverty and extreme hunger.

On September 19th, 2019, Powering Agriculture, in partnership with GOGLA, convened the Powering Agriculture Policy Round Table in Nairobi, Kenya.

The one-day event convened more than 30 representatives from private companies, various government agencies, donors, and stakeholder organizations including regional renewable energy associations, GOGLA, and CLASP. Participants engaged in an action-oriented discussion on policy and regulation challenges and solutions related to scaling the deployment of solar water pumping, cold storage, and agricultural processing technologies in East Africa. 

Key takeaways from the discussion were that the clean energy-agriculture sector is nascent but holds potential for supporting the region’s economic livelihood and climate action goals, and that governments have to play a role in helping companies meet product standards. The learnings from this round table event, and over 30 interviews conducted in preparation of this event, will culminate in a guide that will articulate key challenges and proposed solutions for companies to engage with government representatives to remove barriers to scaling up delivery of products and services to end users.

The guide will present the value proposition of the clean energy-agriculture sector, then outline current major policy and regulation barriers and opportunities for companies working in this space related to technology and business model development, operational effectiveness, early stage market stimulation, and engagement with policymakers.

Preliminary results will be presented at the upcoming “Community of Champions” webinar hosted by GOGLA in November 2019. The guide will be published December 2019.

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