Powering Agriculture 2015 Innovator Showcase

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.

On Nov. 20, 2015, Powering Agriculture held its Innovator Showcase in Washington, D.C., where the 13 finalists comprising 2015 Innovator cohort were announced.

The Showcase featured pitches and exhibits from 23 Innovators across Powering Agriculture’s 2013 and 2015 cohorts, presentations by PAEGC Partners, and a keynote speech from Jehiel Oliver, CEO of Hello Tractor.

The innovator showcase brought 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.

Schedule of Events

Master of Ceremony
Dr. Ryan Shelby, Program Manager, Powering Agriculture

8:30 AM

Registration, Coffee and Innovator Showcase

9:00–9:05 AM

Video
Introduction to the Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development

Partner Remarks and 2015 Innovators’ Announcement

9:05–9:15 AM

Welcome
Mr. Charles North,
Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment, USAID

9:15–9:35 AM

Announcement of Irrigation Winners
Dr. Philipp Ackermann,
Minister & Deputy Chief of Mission
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

9:35–9:55 AM

Announcement of Agricultural Processing Winners
Ambassador Björn Lyrvall
Ambassador of Sweden to the United States

9:55–10:15 AM

Announcement of Decentralized Power Winners
Ms. Ann Mei Chang,
Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID

10:15–10:30 AM

Announcement of Cold Storage/Chilling Winner
Mr. John Morton,
Chief Operating Officer, OPIC

10:30–10:35 AM

Video
Innovating for Change: African Bamboo

10:35–10:55 AM

Keynote Presentation
Mr. Jehiel Oliver,
Founder & CEO, Hello Tractor

10:55–11:00 AM

Video
Voices of the Farmer

11:00–11:15 AM

Opportunities for Agri-Food Chains to Become Energy-Smart
Dr. Alessandro Flammini,
Natural Resources Officer, U.N. FAO

PAEGC Innovator Pitch Session

11:15–11:45 AM

Irrigation

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Cold Storage/Chilling

12:00–12:15 PM

Agricultural Processing

12:15–12:40 PM

Decentralized Power

12:40–12:45 PM

Closing Remarks
Dr. Jeffrey Haeni,
Acting Energy Division Chief, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment, USAID

12:45–2:00 PM

Lunch and Innovator Showcase
1:1 Interaction with Powering Agriculture’s Innovators!

2:00 PM

Close of the Powering Agriculture Innovator Showcase

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