''Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development” (PAEGC) is a joint global initiative involving the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA), the Overseas Private Investment Cooperation (OPIC), Duke Energy and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) – whose contribution is being implemented by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit”. These organisations are helping to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy solutions that will enhance agricultural yields and productivity, decrease post-harvest loss, improve farmer and agribusiness income generating opportunities and revenues, and/or increase energy efficiency and associated savings within the operations of farms and agribusinesses. All this is meant to be accomplished while stimulating low carbon economic growth within the agriculture sector of developing countries.
This year, 13 innovators have been rewarded for their achievements. These innovators seek to implement ground-breaking technologies and business models within the energy and agriculture nexus for emerging markets and developing countries where many farmers and agribusinesses lack access to reliable, affordable and clean energy services.
More than half of 13 innovators are organisations from developing or emerging countries. With five projects to be implemented in Kenya, three in Tanzania, and two in Uganda, the focal region of operation will be in East Africa. Most innovators work with solar powered energy solutions (70%).
Some quick facts about the 2015 Innovators: