In May, the team visited UGARF’s milk production facility, two smallholder farms where the deployed milk chillers are installed, a local business that is part of the supply chain, and a vocational carpentry school where the thermization units for the milk chilling process are made.
Powering Agriculture Innovator SimGas is an Amplify Challenge winner! Over 400 NGOs, entrepreneurs, and social innovators were invited to design solutions that focus on reducing food waste. Over 42 percent of food produced by small scale farmers is lost during harvest or in transit to market.
SunCulture, a 2015 Powering Agriculture Innovator, has been invited to participate in this year's Unreasonable Institute accelerator, Project Literacy Lab. They were chosen for this honor because the tools they create help farmers earn the revenue they need to send their children to school.
Sam White of Promethean Power joined a panel of experts for a free webinar discussing off-grid cooling and refrigeration. Sam spoke about Promethean’s on-the-ground experience in India’s rural dairy industry, using photos to tell his story.
The SimGas Biogas Milk Chiller has been selected to advance to the next round in the fifth OpenIDEO Amplify challenge to improve the livelihoods of small scale farmers by reducing food waste and spoilage. To advance further, SimGas needs your feedback on their idea!
Futurepump’s week-long global Jamboree provided an exciting opportunity for the core design, manufacture, and sales teams to meet in person. The event was attended by representatives from nine different countries and marked a key point in the Futurepump story, in preparation for expansion.
Stewart Craine of Village Infrastructure Angels spoke in a webinar hosted by The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network and Smart Villages. Experts shared their experiences with failure and why failure is actually an important element in successfully delivering energy access to remote communities.
PAEGC toured the pilot bamboo flooring production facility that uses the innovative modified process designed by African Bamboo. The process allows for a higher quality bamboo flooring product. When full-scale production is reached farmers' incomes will increase by approximately 30 percent.
PAEGC visited seven installations in Kenya that use SunDanzer’s solar-powered chest refrigerator as a reliable way to cool milk and reduce milk spoilage. This has already led to a 20 percent increase in production, resulting in additional income for farmers.
PAEGC visited three central solar PV systems that were installed by the Earth Institute in Gabar, Senegal to power 21 irrigation pumps. The farmers are saving up to 6 hours labor a day, spending less money on fuel and improving quality and quantity of grown produce.
PAEGC recently completed a site visit to Rebound Technologies’ first SunChill demonstration unit in Inhacoongo, Mozambique. SunChill is an off-grid solution for pre-cooling agricultural produce as it is harvested and could save over 35 percent of cooling costs compared to conventional cold storage.