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.
At the Nov. 20, 2015 Powering Agriculture Innovator Showcase in Washington, D.C., the 2015 Innovator Cohort was introduced to the world. Hear what the Founding Partners, Innovators and guest speakers had to say about Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development.
In developing countries, three out of four people living in poverty have incomes tied to agriculture. Powering Agriculture is finding clean energy solutions to help them. Hear some of the voices of Powering Agriculture from Kenya, where only five percent of farmers have electricity.
Millions of farmers in developing countries have no, or poor quality, grid power, limiting the productivity needed to feed growing populations and farmers out of poverty. To address these barriers to development, the Founding Partners have created Powering Agriculture.
Congratulations to the University of Toronto's Water and Energy Research Lab! Their WERLWind wind-powered aeration device has earned them a spot as a finalist at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Innovation Showcase in Washington, DC. Voting is open until June 20.
Do you love chocolate? If you do, you'll be glad to know that Futurepump's low-cost, reliable solar irrigation pumps are helping farmers in Ghana to grow more cocoa. This is good news for them, too, since these pumps mean they're less reliant on unpredictable weather, and less impacted by drought.
Futurepump is part of a groundswell of agtech startups that are enabling smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to increase efficiencies and move from subsistence farming to farming for profit.
SimGas were big winners at ASME’s 2018 Innovation Showcase! They'll use their $10,000 prize to pilot their biogas milk chiller with a group of 20 Kenyan farmers. They hope to learn more about their payment model, and to further investigate the farmer to processor cooling chain.
The Toolbox is now available online, free of charge. It includes informative modules, guidelines, calculation sheets, checklists, and other tools that are relevant to current users. The material is also designed to help provide hands-on guidance to policy makers and financers.
African women are typically in charge of smaller, garden vegetable plots. By providing them access to irrigation tools, Kickstart enables them to contribute more income to their households. As they increase their earnings, they also increase their stature within their families and communities.
Over 80% of the land in Kenya is not suitable for rain-fed agriculture, yet only 3% of Kenyans actually irrigate. The divide between how many farmers are irrigating and how many farmers need to irrigate to become productive is where SunCulture steps in. Samir Ibrahim explains how.
See how SolarNow, Futurepump's Tier 1 distributor in Uganda, is helping Futurepump transform lives by bringing power, and access to water, to homes and smallholder farms.
Sun Culture's CEO, Samir Ibrahim, and CNBC Africa’s Charles Gitonga recently sat down to discuss how SunCulture is helping farmers to be more productive by providing innovative tools, the financial access they need to buy these tools, and the support and training they need to use them effectively.