Congratulations to the University of Toronto's Water and Energy Research Lab! Their WERLWind wind-powered aeration device has earned them a spot as a finalist at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Innovation Showcase in Washington, DC. Voting is open until June 20.
Asian Voice recently spoke with Jitendra Lakhani, Futurepump's head of Indian operations. He elaborated on Futurepump's exciting plans to begin selling their pumps to farmers in India.
Do you love chocolate? If you do, you'll be glad to know that Futurepump's low-cost, reliable solar irrigation pumps are helping farmers in Ghana to grow more cocoa. This is good news for them, too, since these pumps mean they're less reliant on unpredictable weather, and less impacted by drought.
EarthSpark's microgrid in Les Anglais, Haiti, has demonstrated the effectiveness and robustness of renewables there. Thanks to a loan from Taiwan, the future looks brighter for Haiti—and for Earthspark!—as some of these funds will be used to build more microgrids and other renewable energy projects.
Futurepump is part of a groundswell of agtech startups that are enabling smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to increase efficiencies and move from subsistence farming to farming for profit.
SimGas were big winners at ASME’s 2018 Innovation Showcase! They'll use their $10,000 prize to pilot their biogas milk chiller with a group of 20 Kenyan farmers. They hope to learn more about their payment model, and to further investigate the farmer to processor cooling chain.
African women are typically in charge of smaller, garden vegetable plots. By providing them access to irrigation tools, Kickstart enables them to contribute more income to their households. As they increase their earnings, they also increase their stature within their families and communities.
Sun Culture's CEO, Samir Ibrahim, and CNBC Africa’s Charles Gitonga recently sat down to discuss how SunCulture is helping farmers to be more productive by providing innovative tools, the financial access they need to buy these tools, and the support and training they need to use them effectively.
SimGas is one of three Kenyan-based innovators to receive this year’s Africa regional ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) awards. Later this year, all the winners will meet in New York City for the Global ISHOW event, where they will share more than $500,000 in awards, services and technical support.
Herta von Stiegel, Ariya Capital's Founder, Partner and Executive Chairman, has been nominated for the "Outstanding Contribution Award: Power" at the African Utility Week Industry Awards. The winner will be announced at a gala dinner on May 16th.
SunCulture's Samir Ibrahim believes that profit generation should be coupled with environmental and social value creation. Food security is just one of their goals—they also want to provide the structure for both business and personal success through tools, good service, and access to financing.