Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on Sep. 25, 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. The Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development Founding Partners and Innovators are proud to support the SDGs.


Powering Agriculture is taking on food security, climate change and gender equality in exciting and innovative ways.

Goal 1: End Poverty in All Its Forms Everywhere

Powering Agriculture supports the development and deployment of clean energy innovations that stimulates low carbon economic growth within the agriculture sector of developing countries to help end extreme poverty.


Kickstart’s human-powered irrigation pumps have lifted more than 1 million people across Africa out of poverty.

Goal 2: End Hunger, Achieve Food Security and Improved Nutrition and Promote Sustainable Agriculture

Powering Agriculture supports the adoption of climate-smart agricultural innovations and techniques to increase crop yields, improve the energy and water efficiency of farm operations, and reduce food insecurity in vulnerable regions to help end hunger.


VIA’s labor-saving solar milling machines give women more time to spend with their businesses, families and communities.

Goal 5: Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls

Powering Agriculture supports clean energy innovations that contribute to reducing gender disparities in access to, control over, and benefit from clean energy resources, wealth, opportunities and services.


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Goal 7: Ensure Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable and Modern Energy for All

Powering Agriculture provides funding and support to commercialize clean energy technologies and innovative business models to expand access to reliable, affordable and clean energy services to farmers and agribusinesses.


Farmers in India are getting more food to market with Promethean’s innovative food-chilling technology.

Goal 8: Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth, Employment and Decent Work for All

Powering Agriculture supports solutions that integrate clean energy technologies and innovative business models to: (i) Enhance agricultural yields/productivity; (ii) Decrease post-harvest loss; (iii) Improve farmer and agribusiness income generating opportunities and revenues; and (iv) Increase energy efficiency and associated savings within the operations of farms and agribusinesses, while stimulating low carbon economic growth within the agriculture sector of developing countries. This combined clean energy/agriculture approach helps introduce inclusive and pro-poor income-generating opportunities in developing countries.


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Goal 9: Build Resilient Infrastructure, Promote Sustainable Industrialization and Foster Innovation

Powering Agriculture seeks to address the concerns of water usage, food production/processing and energy consumption in the agriculture sector by supporting innovation within the energy/agriculture nexus. Specifically, innovation is supported in emerging markets and developing countries where many farmers and agribusinesses lack access to reliable, affordable and clean energy services.


Motivo’s HARVEST tractor can generate and store electricity to pump water, plow a field, take goods to market and power a home.

Goal 13: Take Urgent Action to Combat Climate Change and Its Impacts

Powering Agriculture supports a combined clean energy/agriculture approach that maximizes the impact of finite energy resources in order to mitigate adverse climate change effects that stem from the agriculture sector. Powering Agriculture uses the following indicators to monitor the results of global climate change mitigation/adaptation efforts: GHG emission reduction, increased investment in climate change mitigation/adaptation activities, clean energy generation and/or energy efficiency.


Clean energy and sustainable agriculture are essential for climate adaptation and resilience, and improve lives and livelihoods.

Goal 17: Revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

The Powering Agriculture Founding Partners have collectively combined resources to fund Powering Agriculture. Through this Partnership, Powering Agriculture uses a clean energy/agriculture approach to address farmers’ and agribusinesses’ lack of access to reliable, affordable and clean energy services for food production.