Agriculture or more specifically the water, energy and food security nexus trended in the latter half of 2020.
Here we explore four stories concerning the influence of how addressing food security also lend itself to increasing energy access, managing water resources, and stimulating economic growth.
1. Solar for agriculture: Empowering farmers in Sudan
Farming in Sudan often relies on diesel-powered water pumps but using solar for agriculture has increased land use and productivity by nearly 50%. [Ed: This story had a profound impact on me as it gives a clear view of what this project means to the people of Sudan.]
2. Safeguarding food security key to Africa’s economic recovery
Food security, agriculture and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) are crucial to the continent’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery, according to the African Development Bank. [Ed: Through the AfCTA, trade of goods, produce and services is anticipated to accelerate but will it give widespread opportunities to small-scale agribusiness?]
3. Partnership cultivated to deliver solar-powered farming in Togo
Supplied by solar irrigation provider SunCulture, the Bboxx EDF Togo initiative will be deploying water pumps and arranging finance for customers. [Ed: Did you know that Togo has a tax exemption on import duties and VAT for water pumps?]
4. Egyptian farmers to access finance for solar irrigation pumps
The IFC has collaborated with the Agricultural Bank of Egypt to help Egyptian farmers’ access financing to purchase solar irrigation systems. [Ed: The IFC is sending a clear message that food security is not a stand-alone endeavour.]