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.
iDE uses a market-based approach to make technologies for better agriculture more readily available to farmers in developing countries. A great example is Powering Agriculture Innovator Futurepump, a business that iDE helped create. Their Sunflower Pump is successful in several developing markets.
Powering Agriculture Innovators iDE and Futurepump are both examples of impact investing, which Iain Hunter, CEO of iDE, says can be a game changer in the renewables sector and in environmental projects. He suggests that businesses can "future-proof" themselves by investing in renewables.
Over April 13–26, PAEGC visited 11 of iDE’s SunFlower solar pumps installed in five plain regions of Nepal. PAEGC interviewed farmers using the SunFlower pumps for irrigation, as well as various stakeholders in the pump supply chain, including an agricultural cooperative and a future pump retailer.
PAEGC conducted visits to all seven of iDE’s SunFlower pump installation sites in Honduras over June 6–10. PAEGC interviewed the vegetable farmers using iDE’s clean irrigation technology, the Honduras iDE Team and visited the organization’s warehouse.
The coffee rust epidemic of 2012 devastated the livelihoods of farmers in La Paz, Honduras. iDE taught these farmers how to install and use low-pressure drip irrigation to grow vegetables year-round. Many are now successful entrepreneurs, and they and their families are eating better.
iDE has, in recent weeks, installed the first round of pumps in Nepal for field trials. The field-testing is important because it gives farmers a chance to see the technology, understand how it works and provide their feedback.
A Colorado nonprofit is taking an innovation it first introduced to Hondurans to the next level thanks to a grant from Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development—and the enthusiasm of local farmers.
Bob Nanes of iDE discusses their Clean Irrigation Solution (CIS) which can compete with fossil fuel pumps on both cost and agricultural productivity. CIS's universal piston pump can run on a variety of power sources and accesses groundwater from deeper depths than conventional pumps.