Understanding that 80 percent of the poor in sub-Saharan Africa are smallholder farmers, KickStart designs cost-effective, sustainable tools enabling farmers to lift themselves out of poverty. Partnering with USAID, Kickstart is testing financing solutions to bring these tools to even more farmers.
Aqwalina Merengue is a struggling farmer and single mother in Arusha, Tanzania, and she refuses to give up. See what she was able to do in just one year after bringing KickStart International’s MoneyMaker pump to her farm.
Time Lapse video shot with GoPro of a recent 4.8kW single axis Solar Tracker installation in Potou, Senegal by The Earth Institute’s Sustainable Engineering Lab, Columbia University for the Smart Solar Irrigation Project.
Video montage of installation and operation of a pilot solar PV irrigation system in Senegal. This project is unique in Senegal for its pre-payment system, sharing of resources and lack of battery storage.
Motivo is developing a “Swiss-Army Knife” system—the Hybrid Agriculture/Road Vehicles with Electricity Storage and Transformation (HARVEST)—that solves a wide range of agricultural mechanization and power-related problems.
India’s unreliable energy grid means most people have to boil milk before they drink it, and village dairy farmers are left with product they cannot sell. Promethean Power’s thermal battery technology is addressing that problem.
The coffee rust epidemic of 2012 devastated the livelihoods of farmers in La Paz, Honduras. iDE taught these farmers how to install and use low-pressure drip irrigation to grow vegetables year-round. Many are now successful entrepreneurs, and they and their families are eating better.
Roland Vign is an Oil Palm producer and an early adopter of the Village Industrial Power (VIP) biomass-powered mini-grid technology. Here Roland explains the benefits the VIP has provided to his community.
In rural areas of Benin and Tanzania, access to modern energy services is extremely limited. Village Industrial Power (VIP) Plants are mini-grid systems powered through the combustion of biomass waste produced at local agricultural processing facilities.
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, Swedish Ambassador to the United States Björn Lyrvall and the first 11 Powering Agriculture innovators describe the exciting opportunities created by Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development.
Kevin Davis of Rebound Technologies discusses their low-cost SunChill system that removes field heat without a high-cost electrical supply. This increases horticultural production, generating more income for farmers and greater access to food while creating employment opportunities.
Vijay Modi of The Earth Institute discusses their solution to enable smallholder farmers to use a central solar energy unit to power multiple AC pumps for irrigation—taking advantage of the benefits of solar without the high costs associated with DC-powered pumps and battery storage.