2015 Powering Agriculture Innovators: In Their Own Words

Published: Feb. 23, 2016

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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.

On Nov. 20, 2015, the world met the 2015 Innovator Cohort of the Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development program at our Innovator Showcase in Washington, D.C.

Collectively, these organizations will utilize $12.9 million in funding to commercialize clean energy technologies and innovative business models that will: (i) enhance agricultural yields/productivity; (ii) decrease post-harvest losses; (iii) improve farmer and agribusiness income generating opportunities and revenues; and (iv) increase energy efficiency within the operations of farms and agribusinesses.

In this video series, you can hear what they had to say, in their own words.

Kickstart International discusses how their project will increase access to affordable, high-performance solar-powered irrigation technology among poor smallholder farmers in rural Kenya.

SimGas discusses how their project will use biogas milk chilling to increase productivity and double the income of East African dairy farmers in Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

Husk Power Systems discusses their hybrid solution using biomass and solar PV to provide a clean energy intervention in the food belts of Nigeria and Ghana.

University of Toronto discusses their plans to conduct a field evaluation of a solar-thermal passive aeration system for aquaculture in Bangladesh.

Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center and Network discusses how their project will improve coffee production and quality using infrared technology in Ethiopia.

Claro Energy discusses their plans to launch a low-cost on-demand pay-as-you-go irrigation service in India using solar trolley systems to cut irrigation costs in half.

Ariya Capital Group discusses their plan to provide cost-effective, low-risk renewable energy generation and energy efficiency services to local flower and horticulture farms in Kenya.

Universidad del Valle de Guatemala discusses their plans for developing low-cost community utility companies in ‘off-grid’ agricultural communities called Community Accelerators in Guatemala.

Institute for University Cooperation (ICU) discusses their plans for PV integrated irrigation systems in Jordan and Lebanon.

iDE Bangladesh discusses how their project will use renewable micro-grids to provide power to off-grid fish hatcheries and surrounding communities in Bangladesh.

SunCulture discusses their plans for scaling up distribution of smallholder tailored agro-solar irrigation kits in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

Village Infrastructure Angels (VIA) discusses their plans to install solar agro-processing power stations to support 5,000 Households in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, and Vanuatu.

Futurepump discusses how the Sunflower Pump will support a growing solar irrigation business in Kenya.

Related News & Events: 
May. 3, 2019

In cooperation with University of Ostfalia in Germany, GIZ has developed an e-learning course on Solar Powered Irrigation Systems. The course will increase knowledge and understanding of SPIS technologies and their adaptability to a variety of farming, cropping, and irrigation systems. The free online course will run June18-July 30, 2019. Registration closes on May 30, 2019.

Apr. 2, 2019

Powering Agriculture Founding Partner GIZ, in coordination with FAO, announces the launch of a quarterly Solar Pumping & Irrigation newsletter, featuring news, research, and event updates from the field of solar pumping and irrigation.

Mar. 5, 2019

In this Issue: 2018 Powering Agriculture annual report published. Innovators in Action: University of Toronto and KickStart. Energy Efficiency in Kenya’s Tea Sector. Powering Agriculture YouTube Channel.