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Powering Agriculture: Our Innovators
Mar. 12, 2020

For six years, Powering Agriculture supported 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.

Follow the stories of Claro Energy, University of Georgia Research Foundation, and Futurepump, three Powering Agriculture innovators whose innovative solar irrigation and cold storage technologies have improved their communities' livelihoods.

SunCulture Profile on BBC
Mar. 27, 2019

SunCulture BBC Profile

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.

Powering Agriculture’s Lessons Learned Webinar: Energy Technologies for Agriculture
Apr. 6, 2020

For six years, Powering Agriculture supported the development of clean energy technologies for the agriculture sector, including micro-grids, cold storage, and agro-processing. Many valuable insights regarding the challenges of supporting the private sector in scaling these transformative technologies through commercial efforts were gained during this time, and they were reflected upon during the Grand Challenge’s final learnings webinar. Watch the full presentation now.

Final Innovator Reflections: Claro Energy
Mar. 12, 2020

Follow the story of Claro Energy and the innovator behind the business, Soumitra Mishra. Claro Energy provides off-grid solar power pumping solutions to power-deficient regions in India. The company was established in 2011, with the objective of harnessing solar power to pump ground water. Claro’s solar water pump solutions can have broad application across irrigation, agriculture, drinking water, and urban settings.

Final Innovator Reflections: University of Georgia Research Foundation (UGARF)
Mar. 12, 2020

Follow the story of EvaKuula and the innovator behind the technology, Dr. William Kisaalita, a professor at the University of Georgia whose nonprofit entity, the University of Georgia Research Foundation, developed a biogas-powered milk chiller benefits smallholder dairy farmers by decreasing milk spoilage and increasing production and profits and biogas for lighting and cooking.

Final Innovator Reflections: Futurepump
Mar. 12, 2020

Follow the story of Futurepump and its customers, whose lives are being improved through the use of their solar irrigation technology. Their easy-to-maintain solar irrigation pumps are offered with financing to lower upfront barriers to a clean energy-powered alternative irrigation solution capable of doubling farm productivity.

Powering Agriculture: Our Program
Mar. 12, 2020

For six years, Powering Agriculture supported 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.

Learn about the need for innovation in the clean energy-agriculture nexus and the Grand Challenge developed to foster it, and meet the people behind the program.

GIZ | Kenya: Energy Efficiency in the tea sector
Sep. 24, 2019

While tea production is an important part of Kenya’s economy, the industry is responsible for high electricity and thermal energy consumption. In order to increase energy efficiency and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions while saving on energy costs, GIZ has partnered up with local and international tea organisations and companies (Ethical Tea Partnership, Kenyan Tea Development Agency, Mars Drinks and Yorkshire Tea). The partnership has implemented more than 65 audits in Kenyan tea factories since 2014, resolving in 13.5 million USD savings. Moreover, the project has protected 1.3 million trees from being cut down and saved 10.000 tons of CO². Watch the video to learn more about Kenya’s climate protection efforts in the tea sector.

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