It took Jan Bom and his team of engineers at the Practica Foundation many design iterations to develop a prototype for what is today the “Sunflower” pump—a solar powered irrigation pump designed specifically for rural, small-scale farmers cultivating less than half of a hectare of land.
Claro Energy, a Delhi-based organization founded in January 2011, is providing solar-powered water pumping solutions to meet agricultural irrigation, aeration, fisheries and drinking water needs in off-grid areas. The company has spread to 14 states and installed over 2,200 pump sets.
International Development Enterprises (iDE), a US-based nongovernmental organisation, has launched a project to provide clean energy to off-grid hatcheries and communities in southern Bangladesh.
Farmers know that sunlight makes crops grow. Now, many are discovering that it is also vital for providing another key agricultural input: fresh water. Irrigation using decentralized renewable energy is witnessing rapid adoption.
SISTEM one-on-one from Nairobi, Kenya with Mr. Samir Ibrahim, Co-Founder and CEO of SunCulture: An innovative sustainable energy company providing solar-powered irrigation systems and agricultural extension services.
Ahead of the 2016 Sankalp Africa Summit in Nairobi, Kenya next week, Pioneers Post and the Sankalp team spoke to the founders of four ventures based in the continent to find out: ‘What does the world need to know about African enterprise?’
While the term sustainable development was coined some 35 years ago, COP21 and the UN’s sustainable development goals can prove to be the turning point for a global sustainable transition. But the transition requires skillful entrepreneurship and development of scalable business models.
With climate change causing erratic rainfall, farmers in Kenya struggle to keep their fields watered. Only around 17 percent of Kenya’s land area can sustain agriculture on rainfall alone. This has spurred demand for affordable, environmentally-friendly and easy-to-run water pumps across the country.
The World Bank-led Carbon Initiative for Development (CI-Dev) has signed its first purchase agreement, contracting with developer SimGas to buy carbon credits from a PoA to roll out home biogas systems in east Africa.
Four Kenyan companies are amongst 13 firms that will receive Sh1.3 billion for green energy enterprises in the agricultural sector.
A coalition of national governments, aid agencies, corporations and private funding organizations awarded $12.9 million worth of grants to 13 clean energy innovations targeting emerging market agriculture. The innovator receiving the largest award is SunCulture, a company creating solar-powered irrigation kits for smallholder farmers.