USAID Announces 13 New Awards at the 2015 Powering Agriculture Innovator Showcase

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
Monday, November 16, 2015
USAID Press Office

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Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development supports the development and deployment of clean energy innovations that increase agriculture productivity and stimulate low carbon economic growth in the agriculture sector of developing countries to help end extreme poverty and extreme hunger.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On November 20, 2015, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will host the 2015 Powering Agriculture Innovator Showcase to announce the 13 new innovators that will join the Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC) initiative. USAID Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Charles North will deliver remarks.

The innovator showcase will bring together investors, accelerators, donors, and technical experts working in the energy/agriculture nexus to discuss how they are addressing global climate change and meeting the need for clean energy in agriculture to feed the developing world. The new innovators will join PAEGC's existing innovator cohort as they unveil their clean energy innovations, which range from microgrid technologies to irrigation and cold storage solutions, presented in on-site booths.

WHAT: 2015 Powering Agriculture Innovator Showcase 
Charles North, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
His Excellency Bjorn Lyrvall, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States
Dr. Philipp Ackermann, Minister & Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Ann Mei Chang, Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab
John Morton, Chief Executive Officer, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Dr. Alessandro Flammini, Natural Resources Officer, UN Food and Agriculture Organization

Jehiel Oliver, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hello Tractor

November 20, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Event Schedule:   
Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m
Announcement of Winners/Partner Remarks: 9:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
PAEGC Innovator Pitch Session: 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Lunch and Innovator Showcase: 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Polaris Suite, Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, DC  20004

Follow the conversation on Twitter at #PoweringAg and @PoweringAg, as well as #ActOnClimate, @USAID and @GlobalDevLab.  Powering Agriculture was launched in 2012 by its Founding Partners USAID, the Government of Sweden, the Government of Germany, Duke Energy Corporation, and OPIC - to support the development and deployment of clean energy innovations for increasing agriculture productivity and supporting low-carbon economic growth within the energy/agriculture nexus.  To learn more about Powering Agriculture, please visit

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