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

Programme - Friday, 13 April 2018

08:45 - 09:45  
WELCOME TO DAY 2 AND RECAP OF DAY 1- WATCH THE SESSION ON DEMAND
Sheikh Zayed Centre

"Innovation in international development", David Guston via Skype, Founding Director and Professor, Shool fpor the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University, USA

“Shifting the focus back on smart investments for small-scale agriculture”, Steven Schonberger, World Bank, USA


09:45 - 11:15  
PARALLEL SESSIONS - BLOCK III:

OPPORTUNITIES FOR WATER MANAGEMENT:

German Room C-269 - WATCH THE SESSION ON DEMAND

The promise of solar desalinisation

    • "Solar seawater desalination in the MENA region", Elisabeth Gager, GIZ Tunisia
    • “Seawater greenhouse - A restorative approach to agriculture”, Charlie Paton, Seawater Greenhouse, Australia
    • “Desalinisation by batch reverse osmosis: technology and cooperation for transboundary groundwater ressources", Philip Davies, Aston University, UK
    • "Solar-powered capacitive deionization (CDI) of brackish groundwater for irrigated agricultural purposes", Peter Kovalsky, Mincarb Australia

Ethiopia Room C-285 (English and French interpretation available) - WATCH THE SESSION ON DEMAND
Solar technologies as an opportunity, not a liability, for water resourcesThe promise of solar desalinisation

    • “Solar technology as an alternative in irrigation modernization in Spain", Raquel Bravo-Rubio, Irrigation Expert, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment of Spain
    • "Solar irrigation and groundwater management", Karen Villholth, Principal Researcher, IWMI South Africa
    • "Challenges and opportunities for building groundwater economy accross Indo-Gangetic Basin (IGB) of South Asia", Netra Chhetri, Arizona State University, USA
    • "Bringing solar energy into solution for lifting surface irrigation water in Egypt and Jordan", Ahmed Abdelfattah, Solar Energy Expert of FAO
    • “Extending solar water pump subsidies: impact on water use, energy use and cropping patterns in Rajasthan”, Eshita Gupta, KPMG India
    • “Real-scale demonstration of PV irrigation systems 100% renewable and reducing water consumption”, Rita Almeida, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Mexico Room C-211
Discussion with private sector & research:

The Future of On-Farm Solar Technologies: What are the opportunities for improving energy access on-farm through solar pumps? Are multiple uses of energy technically feasible and economically viable? Why or why not?   


11:30 - 12:30 

DEMONSTRATION OF SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES AND POSTER SESSION 


13:30 - 15:30

PARALLEL SESSIONS - BLOCK IV:

ENABLING ENVIRONMENT - POLICIES, INCENTIVES, RULES AND REGULATIONS:

German Room C-269 (English and French interpretation available) - WATCH THE SESSION ON DEMAND
Strategic policy instruments to promote and regulate solar irrigation Technologies

    • “Towards a clean energy value chain in Sub-Saharan Africa”, Roberto Vigotti, Res4Africa, Italy
    • "Contribution des technologies solaires à la résilience de systèmes de production agricole", Moustapha Sissoko, Agronomist, Ministry of Agriculture, Mali
    • “SPIS rewardsand risks - a fine balancing act”, Adrian Honey, Lorentz, Germany

    • “India’s subsidy scheme for promoting solar technologies”, B.G. Mukhopadhyay, (Retd.) NABARD, India

    • “An overview of policies on solar pumping from around the world”, Divyam Nagpal, IRENA, UAE
    • "Suitability mapping as a new tool to support sustainable groundwater for solar irrigation”, Petra Schmitter , IWMI Myanmar

Ethiopia Room C-285 - WATCH THE SESSION ON DEMAND
Workshop: A vision for the sustainable use of solar-powered technologies

    • Farmers
    • Manufacturers/ business representatives
    • Investors and financiers
    • Researchers
    • Government entities
    • Multilateral/ bilateral organisations

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).


15:30 - 15:45  

Coffee break


15:45 - 16.00  

SHORT REPORTS BY RAPPORTEURS ABOUT THE HAPPENING OF DAY 2 - WATCH THE SESSION ON DEMAND
Sheikh Zayed Centre (English and French interpretation available)

16:00 - 17.00

TAKE AWAY MESSAGES - WATCH THE SESSION ON DEMAND
Sheikh Zayed Centre (English and French interpretation available)

Plenary discussion towards a vision for solar technologies for small-scale agriculture and water management

    • Gerd Fleischer, Head of Section of Agricultural Innovation, Sustainability Standards, GIZ, Germany
    • Steven Schonberger, Practice Manager for the Africa Region, as well as Global Lead for Water in Agriculture, World Bank, USA
    • Amadou Moussa, Director General for Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Niger
    • Roberto Lenton, Robert B. Daughterty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska, USA
    • Olcay Unver, Deputy Director of Land & Water Division, FAO, Italy

16:50 - 17.00

CONCLUDING REMARKS - WATCH THE SESSION ON DEMAND
Sheikh Zayed Centre (English and French interpretation available)

René Castro Salazar, Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department (CB), Assistant Director-General, FAO