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.
Futurepump's innovations change lives! Kenyan farmer Evans Shikuku recently bought a calf with the savings he realized by irrigating with a Futurepump solar pump. "The solar pump has helped me buy a cow to feed my family in addition to making an extra coin from the sale of milk,” said Shikuku.
Congratulations to Powering Agriculture innovators Futurepump and SunCulture! They're both finalists for the 2017 Ashden International Award. Established in 2001, the Ashden Awards are a globally recognized measure for excellence in the field of green energy
Promethean's system allows for chilling milk at source, which is a win-win for dairy plants and farmers. Dairies get milk with less microbial load and spoilage possibility; farmers benefit from a more flexible delivery time and increased herd size. They can also expect to fetch a better price.
Futurepump's SF-1 solar irrigation pump strikes a balance between cost and performance. It sells for $650, and for that, farmers get the pump and a 80-watt photovoltaic solar panel, which on a full day of bright sunlight can pump 12,000 liters of water—enough for farmers with one acre plots.
SunCulture and Futurepump have been longlisted for the Ashden Awards, the annual competition that encourages sustainable energy development and acknowledges leaders in innovation. It's one of the most prestigious awards in the sustainability community! Keep an eye on these two innovators for sure.
This informative workshop will highlight the latest innovations in renewable, on- and off-grid cold chain storage solutions. Topics will include innovations in point of production cold chain technology and strategies for dissemination and financing of solar cold chain solutions for East Africa.
Word is spreading about the transformative impact of Promethean's milk chiller technology. The company has sold over 500 milk chilling units to its dairy partners in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Retailers are also using Promethean’s system for refrigerating produce.
Sorin Grama and Sam White of Promethean Power are finding their stride in India, where their thermal energy storage technology is making a real difference in the lives of Indian dairy farmers—without using a single drop of diesel.