Powering Agriculture's Gender Guides are helping innovators transform agricultural processing, and empower women, by showing them how to make gender considerations part of their deployment, product development, financial, marketing, human resources and monitoring & evaluation decisions.
KickStart International recently received a $10,000 donation from Wells Fargo on behalf of World Vision International, winner of the Association for Financial Professionals 2017 Pinnacle Grand Prize.
Big news from SunCulture! Their internet-connected solar water pump system is available for purchase. It's poised to help smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America improve agricultural productivity by providing a low-cost solution to unreliable rainfall and lack of access to electricity.
Microgrids, like the one built by EarthSpark in Haiti, are more storm-resilient; they don't transmit power long distances over storm-vulnerable wire. Rebuilding in Puerto Rico offers a chance build a grid that's less centralized, decreasing the chance for widespread, long-term outages after a storm.
Congratulations to Promethean Power Systems! They've just won the Confederation of Indian Industry's Significant Achievement in Innovation award for their thermal energy-based milk chilling and storage solution. Their accomplishments mean fresher milk for consumers and a better living for farmers.
SimGas's robust growth in Kenya is made possible, in part, by Lendahand crowdfunding. A recent campaign raised 84,400€, which will provide loans to 125 farmers living in Muranga and Meru, enabling them to acquire SimGas biogas systems. A second campaign is now underway.
A project supported by the Institute for University Cooperation has just installed four new solar photovoltaic units in Azraq, Jordan where they will provide clean power to run water pumps for farms.
A huge milestone for SimGas: In 2018 their micro-scale biogas-powered milk chillers will be widely distributed in East Africa. Small-scale off-grid milk cooling that uses a reliable and renewable energy source—biogas produced from cow manure—means less milk spoilage, and a better living for farmers.
SunCulture and their partner, Professor Lyrical, won the grand prize at “Pitch & Flow”, a rap battle event where social entrepreneurs and underground rappers worked together to translate the stories of their work, and how it's helping to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals, into verse.
Claro Energy will be installing a 1 MW rooftop solar panel project in Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Gwalior and Jabalpur. This will add to their already impressive footprint in India, where they've installed more than 6000 solar pumps across 16 states.
Claro Energy's Kartik Wahi sat down with Rural Marketing to discuss his company's progress, challenges, plans and impact. Their solar pumps change lives—farmers using them grow a larger variety of in-demand crops, see much higher profits, and have more control over their power supply.