KickStart International designs and sells affordable irrigation pumps to farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Their most popular pumps are manually powered; a solar-powered pump is in development. Irrigation allows farmers to grow during the dry season, and sell their harvest when prices are higher.
Microgrid rebuilding continues in Haiti as the nation struggles to emerge from the rubble left in Hurricane Matthew’s path. In addition to attending to the necessary infrastructure repairs, companies invested in Haiti are extending help to those who need it.
SunCulture has sold over 1,000 solar-powered irrigation kits in Kenya. Their next focus will be on Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda, where regular droughts lead to food shortages. In addition, they're working with the Norwegian Refugee Council to set up 150 acres of solar-powered irrigation in Somalia.
Milk produced by Indian dairy farmers must get to processing centres before it spoils; otherwise, farmers aren't paid. Without reliable refrigeration, this is a challenge. To help, Promethean Power Systems developed a milk chiller that operates on a thermal energy battery.
The team from EarthSpark in Haiti during Hurricane Matthew is safe, and repairing the Les Anglais microgrid. Most buildings in the area were destroyed or severely damaged by the category 4 hurricane. The microgrid’s generation system is largely intact, losing only 25 percent of its solar panels.
While EarthSpark International’s work in Les Anglais was significantly disrupted by Hurricane Matthew, they will be ready to once again power the community when rebuilding efforts are completed.
USAID is seeking out early-stage innovations that could be nurtured into self-sustaining ventures that improve the lives of millions. The agency is using science and technology in a robust way, engaging the world’s brightest minds in the effort to solve our most pressing challenges.
Powering Agriculture innovator SunCulture is a finalist in the Ocean Exchange's Gulfstream Navigator & Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Orcelle Award competition! They're proud to be in such great company, and look forward to presenting their solution and competing for one of two $100,000 awards.
The Earth Institute at Columbia University just celebrated the first anniversary of Acacia Irrigation, their shared irrigation system in Senegal. Three systems, each serving seven farms, are up and running; all three have seen high usage since installation. Farmers are already seeing the benefits.
Cheap irrigation from solar-powered pumps made by Claro Energy enables farmers to water their crops more frequently, save money on irrigation, and reap higher yields of both paddy and wheat. Use of these pumps also allows them to plant staple crops on most of their land, even in drought years.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development says that "smallholders can feed the world". To do so, farmers need access to sustainable tech like the solar pump. Solar irrigation leads to higher yields, and provides farmers with the funds to develop their businesses and educate their children.
Sorin Grama's invention, built from old car parts, can heat water without electricity. It won second place in MIT's annual 100K Entrepreneurship Competition. So what happened when he took his invention to India? Rural Indians told him they didn't need to get water hot, they needed to get milk cold.