A Call to Action From USAID's Climate Change Chief

Published: Jan. 27, 2015

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Kit Batten, USAID Global Climate Change Coordinator

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings, and Happy New Year! I am writing to ask you to help me start off 2015 with a simple action to help improve the lives of people around the world.

Please help me get the word out about a new round of grants to be awarded this year by Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC).

PAEGC is a program promoting clean energy solutions to transform agriculture in developing countries. The innovation call was released in November 2014 and the deadline for applications is only about a month away on, February 12, 2015.

Did you know that, with an increasing population we must increase agriculture production by 70% over the next 40 years just to keep up with demand for food. And we must do so on existing land that's additionally stressed by climate change.

To rise to the challenge, we need to be innovative in our technological approaches in providing clean energy access to farmers so they can increase yields and food production from farm to table. Farmers also play a role in helping mitigate climate change by adopting clean energy solutions in farming that reduce agriculture's carbon footprint.

Through Powering Agriculture, USAID, in partnership with the Government of Sweden, Duke Energy Corporation, the Government of Germany, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation is calling on the private sector, development partners, developing countries and others, to support market-based, clean energy innovations for agricultural with the goal of catalyzing change and empowering farmers. Grants will range from $500,000 to $2 million dollars.

At USAID, we see our role-and I know you share the vision-as seeding the growth of a robust clean energy sector focused on agriculture.

Please join me in promoting this year's innovation call by sharing this message with your own network. We know there are innovative projects in need of funding.

Again, the deadline is fast approaching. To learn more, and to apply, visit our website.

Together, we can already make a world of difference in 2015.

Kit Batten,

USAID Global Climate Change Coordinator

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