Cover of the online-toolbox on solar irrigation
As part of the Powering Agriculture Initiative, GIZ provides a Newsletter and the online Toolbox in different languages.
Photo: © Jeffrey M. Walcott/Futurepump


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In the context of the global initiative Sustainable energy for food – Powering Agriculture, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is running a newsletter providing information on the latest developments in solar irrigation. In addition, the toolbox on solar irrigation is now also available in French and Spanish.

Irrigation substantially increases agricultural productivity, although less than five per cent of Sub-Sahara Africa’s cropland is in fact irrigated. The Powering Agriculture venture publishes the quarterly online newsletter “Solar Pumping & Irrigation”, in order to provide a platform for the debate on solar irrigation while also taking a look at the pros and cons of the technology.

The Newsletter is published in the context of the online-accessible and Excel-based “Toolbox on Solar Pumping & Irrigation Systems (SPIS)”. The Toolbox was compiled as a joint effort by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) under the global initiative Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC). The aim of the initiative is to support the development and dissemination of marketable approaches to employ climate-friendly energy technologies in agriculture and emerging economies. Companies, universities and non-governmental organisations are selected and awarded direct subsidies. PAEGC is currently supporting 24 projects.

The Newsletter presents the latest developments and research in the field of solar irrigation and publishes contributions from organisations and companies working in the field of solar pumps and irrigation.

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