The global initiative “Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC)” in cooperation with TH Köln – University of Applied Science is offering a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Powering Agriculture – Sustainable Energy for Food”. Further participating organizations are the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Tetra Tech, the World Bank, as well as the Center for Development Research (ZEF).
The 8-week course, which will run from Feburay 1 to March 27 2016*, will introduce participants to the Energy-Agriculture Nexus and approaches for sustainably providing energy throughout all stages of agricultural value chains. Challenges but also solutions will be analyzed, concrete technologies will be examined focusing on their utility to promote access to clean energy.
(*Participants may join the sessions even after 1 February)
Participants will be able to exchange ideas and know-how with an international network of like-minded, fellow students and receive for continuous contribution to the course a personalized certificate issued by the PAEGC initiative and TH Köln. The course will be held in English, it is entirely free of charge, and open to anyone interested in the subject!
About the global initiative
PAEGC seeks to identify and support new and sustainable approaches to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy solutions for increasing agriculture productivity and/or value in developing countries. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Duke Energy, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) have combined resources to fund Powering Agriculture. GIZ supports the initiative on behalf of BMZ.
Contact: Laura Jakobeit, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
The course at a glance:
February 1 – March 27, 2016 // Free and open for everybody // 8 weeks of study //
3-4 hours work load per week // In English // Certificates available for active participation