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.
Futurepump and SunCulture are part of an exciting group of companies making farming more connected and tech-centered in rural Kenya. Innovation, coupled with reliable IT infrastructure, has broadened the reach of new technologies into the countryside, solving everyday problems for rural families.
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.
EDF's investment in SunCulture means increased sales capacity and expanded access to farmer credit in Kenya, and the ability to expand into West Africa. SunCulture's products have already saved almost two billion liters of water, and have increased farmers' incomes while cutting their costs.
iDE uses a market-based approach to make technologies for better agriculture more readily available to farmers in developing countries. A great example is Powering Agriculture Innovator Futurepump, a business that iDE helped create. Their Sunflower Pump is successful in several developing markets.
Congratulations to SunCulture! They've closed an investment round with the EDF Group, one of the world’s largest electric utility companies and a global leader in low-carbon energy. EDF joins SunCulture’s existing institutional investors, Energy Access Ventures and Partners Group.
Husk Power Systems and First Solar are helping India achieve complete household electrification by December 2018 by using a hybrid system. Solar power provides electricity and charges batteries for nighttime use during the day. A biomass gasification system is used as a backup.