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.
Energy poverty disproportionally impacts rural women. EarthSpark International views all of their energy access projects from a feminist perspective. They call their solution “feminist electrification". This approach involves and benefits women, which reduces poverty and increases access for all.
As the impact of climate change increases, climate neutral solutions like Futurepump's are likely to prove increasingly attractive to investors and customers. With appropriate financing, the solar pump could help smallholder farmers better cope with water scarcity.
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Dr. Martin Fisher, CEO of Kickstart International, an organization founded in Kenya, talks about the campaign to end extreme poverty in Africa. Kickstart International is one of the organizations highlighted at the Global Citizen Festival honoring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.
Farmers using the RainMaker solar-powered water pump can irrigate, support livestock, and even cook and clean. They also cut 17 hours of hauling water out of their workweek. Says one farmer: “I have water all the time. Even during the dry season I can plant crops as I wait for the rains to come.”
This month, Futurepump visits Papua New Guinea, where more than 82% of citizens over the age of 10 work small farms, largely growing food crops on land of less than two hectares in size. The abundant surface water resources there are perfect for micro irrigation systems like the Futurepump SF2.
UGARF is being honored for the EvaKuula, their biogas-powered evaporative milk cooler. AE50 awards have been encouraging and applauding engineering achievements since 1984. Entries are evaluated by a blue-ribbon, international panel of industry experts in technology, design, and product development.
Nigeria's Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, reports that the government is interested in working with Futurepump to meet the needs of smallholder farmers. Durable and affordable, Futurepump's SF2 is a sustainable solution to a pressing problem.