USAID Awards $12-Million to Empower Clean Tech in Emerging Markets

Published: Dec. 13, 2013

About Powering Agriculture

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.

In an effort to encourage innovative and environmentally friendly solutions in emerging markets, USAID (United States Agency for International Development) today announced the 11 winning organizations that will collectively receive US$12.1-million in funding via the Powering Agriculture initiative.

This fund will support projects and entrepreneurs aimed at integrating clean energy technology into the agriculture sectors of developing countries. As reported by AllAfrica, out of a selected pool of 475 applications the winning organisations will design and deploy market-based, clean energy solutions for agricultural production in developing countries.

Powering Agriculture is a programme that aims to link renewable energy technologies with farmers and agribusinesses in low-income countries. These innovations will contribute to the building businesses and creating affordable, sustainable market-based solutions to real problems.

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah says, “Powering Agriculture: A Grand Challenge for Development demonstrates how we can harness ingenuity and entrepreneurship to generate and scale real solutions in our fight to end extreme poverty.” He further notes, “Joining a community of hundreds of innovators working across five different Grand Challenges, today’s winning ideas prove that we can change the landscape of what is possible in development.”

The selected organizations will be encouraged to execute their innovations throughout developing countries. These technologies will enable farmers and small-scale business owners to improve goods and overall execution while maintaining a low-carbon footprint. The winning organizations and the countries they will be operating include the following:

  • International Development Enterprises – Honduras, Nepal, and Zambia
  • The Earth Institute at Columbia University – Senegal
  • Camco Advisory Services – Benin and Tanzania
  • EarthSpark International – Haiti
  • ECO Consult – Jordan
  • Motivo Engineering – India
  • African Bamboo – Ethiopia
  • SunDanzer Refrigeration – Kenya
  • Promethean Power Systems – India
  • University of Georgia Research Foundation – Uganda
  • Rebound Technologies – Mozambique
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