Published: Mar. 9, 2016
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.
Stewart Craine of Village Infrastructure Angels spoke in a webinar hosted by The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network and Smart Villages. Experts related on-ground experiences working in remote areas where energy access is limited or almost nonexistent, and what they are doing to promote access.
The webinar archive can be viewed on the Smart Villages website.
Village Infrastructure Angels and connectivity specialist Eseye are working together to use cellular connectivity to more effectively monitor battery usage for village mills in Vanuatu. Using an Eseye SIM card, the necessary data can be automatically collected and sent directly to VIA.
Village Infrastructure Angels and Eseye are partnering to provide rural villages in developing countries access to solar power to run agro-mills. This project has the potential to save 300 million women worldwide an hour of daily labour, resulting in significant social, economic and health benefits.
Combining VIA's solar solar-powered mills with access to microfinance means women need to do less manual labor, have more time for income-generating activities, and have the opportunity to earn the money needed to pay for the solar-powered mills with the goods they produce.