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.
Motivo's HARVEST—Hybrid Agriculture/Road Vehicles with Electricity Storage and Transformation—is a multi-purpose platform that provides power for plowing, well-drilling, cold storage, and transportation, all while decreasing operating expenses by more than 60% when compared to a diesel tractor.
The Futurepump SF1 solar pump gets excellent reviews from happy users! Hear what farmers have to say about this low-cost, low-maintenance solar pump.
KickStart International's Dr. Martin Fisher was chosen as one of Stanford University's 2016 Engineering Heroes. He accepted his award on February 7th, and delivered a talk at Stanford University entitled "Engineering a Path Out of Poverty."
In Sub-Saharan Africa, two billion acres of farmland are weather-dependent. Farmers who've adopted solar water pumps and drip irrigation reduce the risk of crop failure and improve productivity and food security. Powering Ag Innovators Futurepump and SunCulture are helping with this transition.
Khalid Duri, General Manager of Powering Agriculture Innovator African Bamboo, was featured in a news story produced by TV2 Africa. The story highlights the potential market for Ethiopian bamboo. African Bamboo is developing an innovative manufacturing process to turn Ethiopia’s plentiful bamboo into flooring.
Dr. Stefan Schmitz, Director/Commissioner of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development's "One World – No Hunger" initiative delivers his opening remarks to the 2016 Agriculture Innovation Investment Summit.
Sustainably harvesting solar and wind energy used to require a large initial investment. Falling equipment prices means increased accessibility to new technologies, so energy can now be generated on a small budget. Homeowners in India and farmers in Africa are seeing the benefits.
VIA and their partner, Project Support Services, demonstrate some of the solar powered agricultural machines that they have developed. All the machines are plug-and-play, powered by 24V DC motors. Future efforts will include water pumps and power distribution kits for village-scale nano-grids.