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 solar irrigation pumps lift farmers out of poverty, encourage the development of businesses and increase access to education for children. Working with funders like Poverty Alleviation Fund makes this technology more accessible, and these life-changing opportunities more possible.
Promethean Power Systems has been selected to partner with USAID's Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation program. This will enable Promethean Power Systems to extend their milk chilling technology to farmers in Bangladesh, continuing the work they began in India through Powering Agriculture.
Looking to offer his wife some relief from the Indian heat, Promethean Power Systems co-founder, Sam White, developed the Nano-Ice Cooling Necklace with some of the cooling balls left over from his cooling system. The necklace not only kept her cool, it provides relief to MS and cancer patients.
SunCulture is one of this year's Microsoft Affordable Access Initiative (AAI) grant winners! Working with Microsoft, SunCulture plans to build a digital platform for farmers that will provide data on crops that's been collected from connected sensors and cameras in the field.
In six years, Claro Energy has installed over 3000 off-grid solar pump systems in over eleven states across India, making them one of the front runners in the solar industry today. Their success means that 12,000 more acres of land is under irrigation, which has improved the lives of 100,000 people.
Bangladesh's dairy industry has been identified as their next "thrust sector". Promethean Power's chiller is an example of how increasing efficiency, decreasing spoilage, and helping farmers make a better living through technology is making milk available to more people and creating more jobs.
Claro Energy's Kartik Wahi will offer an electricity access expert’s perspective, and provide lessons from the ground in India by speaking on a panel titled "Project Implementation: What is the reality on the ground? Gap between assumptions and reality" at the LVDC Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.
"Futurepump’s solar-powered irrigation technology is helping farmers irrigate more land and leapfrog to year-round sustainable crop growing which is simultaneously increasing their productivity and income as well as allowing them to move away from polluting fuels." — Ashden Award Judges