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International Forum on Solar Technologies for Small-scale Agriculture and Water Management

Programme - Thursday, 12 April 2018

08:30 - 09.00 
REGISTRATION   
Entrance A


09:00 - 10:00  
MEET'N'GREET BREAKFAST

In front of David Lubin library


10:00 - 11:00  
OPENING SESSION - WATCH THE SESSION ON DEMAND
(English and French interpretation available)
Sheikh Zayed Centre

Welcome by Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General Natural Resources Management & Environment Department, FAO

Representative from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Live Skype with Stefan Schmitz, Division Head, Rural Development and Food Security, German Federal Ministry for

Keynote talk on "Renewable energy through the nexus Water Energy Food (WEF) for local communities: SDG compliance as catalytic of additionalaity", Roberto Ridolfi, Special Advisor on Strategy and Financing development, FAO and Director for Planet and Prosperity at DG Development and Cooperation of the European Commission

Video of farmer from West Kenya (solar cooling)


11:00 - 11:30 
WHAT WE DO ON SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES IN AGRICULTURE? - WATCH THE SESSION ON DEMAND

An introduction into the work of FAO, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and IWMI (International Water Management Institute)
(English and French interpretation available)
Sheikh Zayed Centre

Maria Weitz, Programme Leader of Powering Agriculture, GIZ, Germany

Jennie Baron, Flagship Leader 'Land and Water Solutions for Sustainable Intensifiaction of CGIAR-WLE Research for Development

Eduardo Mansur, Director of Land & Water Division, FAO, Italy


11:30 - 12:00 
LAUNCH OF THE GLOBAL REPORT AND THE TOOLBOX ON SOLAR-POWERED IRRIGATION SYSTEMS (SPIS) - WATCH THE SESSION ON DEMAND
(English and French interpretation available)
Sheikh Zayed Centre

“The benefits and risks of solar-powered irrigation – a global overview” by Hans Hartung, FAO, Italy

Toolbox on Solar-Powered Irrigation Systems by Robert Schultz and Kerstin Lohr, GIZ, Germany


12:00 - 12:15  
PRESENTATION OF THE PROGRAMME OF THE FORUM - WATCH THE SESSION ON DEMAND
(English and French interpretation available)
Sheikh Zayed Centre


12:15 - 13:30 
Lunch


13:30 - 15:15  
PARALLEL SESSIONS - BLOCK I:

INNOVATIVE FINANCE, INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS MODELS TO MAKE SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES VIABLE FOR SMALL-SCALE FARMERS:

German Room C-269 - WATCH THE SESSION ON DEMAND
What financial models work for solar technologies in agriculture?

    • “Financing solutions for the Nexus", Evgenia Sokolova, Aktivera, USA
    • “Crowdfinancing alternative power solutions for agriculture”, Markus Schwaninger, Ecoligo, Germany
    • "How to get solar irrigation solutions to the farmer”, Boniface Muhutsi, Juhudi Kilimo, Kenya
    • “Experiences with subsidy schemes for solar pumps in Southern Asia", Aditi Mukherji, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal
    • Small-scale solar irrigation is now affordable”, John DeMarco, Independant Expert, Canada

Ethiopia Room C-285 (English and French interpretation available) - WATCH THE SESSION ON DEMAND
Innovative business models for solar-powered irrigation: from pay-as you go to feed-in tariffs.

    • “The one-stop-shop for solar pumps – Supplier and Financier", Samir Ibrahim, SunCulture, Kenya
    • “Pay as you go model in Tanzania”, Frode Öckermann, PowerProviders, Tanzania
    • “Energy as remunerative crop”, Shilp Verma, IWMI India
    • "An overview of the different deployment models of solar pumps in India", Nilanjan Ghose, GIZ India
    • "Solar business models for Ethiopia", Miriam Otoo, IWMI Sri Lanka 

Mexico Room C-211
Solar cooling: Is it worth it?

    • “How value chain analysis can help identify opportunities for clean energy interventions with case studies from India and Kenya”, Katrin Harvey, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), Austria
    • “INVESTA - Investing in sustainable energy technologies in the agrifood Sector”, Stefania Bracco, Energy Team, FAO
    • “Field experiences in implementing small-scale solar milk cooling systems in Tunisia, Kenya and Colombia”, Farah Mrabet, University of Hohenheim, Germany
    • “How small-holders benefit from solar cooling”, Ivan Yaholnitsky, Bethel Business and Community Development Centre, Lesotho

15:15 - 15:30   
Coffee Break


15:30 - 17:00  
PARALLEL SESSIONS - BLOCK II

CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT TO CREATE THE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE FOR SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES:

German Room C-269 - WATCH THE SESSION ON DEMAND
Workshop on "What tools, manuals and guidelines already exist for solar pumps and how can they become more accessible?".

With interventions from

    • "Considering farmer needs in technology design", Fred Obudho, Kickstart International, Kenya
    • "People-centered approaches for investment planning", Patricia Mejias Moreno, Land & Water Division, FAO, Italy
    • "The Toolbox on solar-powered irrigation for technical advisors and practitioners", Maria Weitz, GIZ "Powering Agriculture, Germany
    • "Tools and guidelines for users in humanitarian contexts", Alberto Ilario, IOM (International Organization for Migration)
    • "Challenges in training users of SPIS in Uganda", Abdul Saboor Jawad, FAO Uganda
    • "Training materials for mechanization service providers", Santiago Santos Valle, Plant Production and Protection Division, FAO, Italy

Ethiopia Room C-285 (English and French interpretation available) - WATCH THE SESSION ON DEMAND

Solar technologies in agriculture as motor for job creator and employment

    • "FAO approach to decent rural employment", Maya Takagi, Strategic Programme on Rural Poverty Reduction of FAO, Italy
    • “Mechanization technologies as driver for smart jobs”, Josef Kienzle, Agricultural Engineer, FAO, Italy
    • “Job creation in renewable energy sector in agriculture in Tunisia”, Karim Nefzi, Agence Nationale pour la Maîtrise de l’Energie of Tunisia (ANME), Tunisia
    • “Institutionalising capacity development efforts: the solar water pumping course at Strathmore University”, Geoffrey Ronoh, Strathmore University, Kenya
    • “The Micro Grid Academy”, Marco Aresti, Res4Africa, Italy

Mexico Room C-285
Training on "The Toolbox on Solar-Powered Irrigation Systems: a practical introduction".

This session offers a hands-on introduction to the different tools and modules of the toolbox, including finance, design and set-up of solar irrigation systems, maintenance and irrigation (maximum 25 participants with their own laptop).


17:00 - 19:00
Art Exhibition "SOLART" and Cocktail