About Powering Agriculture

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.

Speaker Highlights from the 2015 Powering Agriculture Innovator Showcase
Feb. 19, 2016

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.

Powering Agriculture: Voices of the Energy Grand Challenge for Development
Apr. 28, 2015

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.

Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development
Jun. 12, 2012

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.

Jun. 14, 2018

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.

Jun. 6, 2018

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.

May. 25, 2018

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.

May. 22, 2018

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.

May. 19, 2018

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.

May. 15, 2018

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.

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