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Solar-powered water technologies are increasingly in demand in developing countries, as they can provide a cost-effective solution to increase agricultural productivity.

Access to water for irrigation is key to many small scale farmers in order to sustain their livelihoods and food security. Running such irrigation systems is still extremely challenging. There are still no electricity grid-extension in many rural areas in many developing countries. In the absence of a reliable electricity supply, farmers have to resort to diesel-based pumping systems. These systems create high operating costs, often experience service gaps, contribute to GHG emissions, and contribute to the energy bill in countries that do not produce such fuels.

Therefore renewable energy options, and in particular solar power, seem a very promising solution for sustainable agriculture in regions with high-solar-insulation, given its environmental advantages, low maintenance and increasingly low investment costs.

Yet, until recently, solar irrigation had not generated a lot of interest amongst governments, farmers and development agencies. However, as investment costs are being reduced and due to climate change concerns, a renewed attention in this technology. It seems therefore timely to take stock from the existing experience on solar irrigation, in order to derive conclusions and recommendations regarding its future use in developing countries.

Objective:

The overall goal of this international workshop was to take stock and identify key challenges and constrains for the development of solar-powered water technologies in developing countries.

Outputs:

  • A stock take of experiences and existing tools.
  • An assessment of the potential, constraints and challenges of solar powered water technologies in agriculture in developing countries.
  • A set of recommendations on how to expand the use of solar powered water technologies.
  • A network of experts/institutions to develop, share, adapt and build capacity on affordable and sustainable water technologies in agriculture.
  • A document containing the conclusions and recommendations of the workshop.

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SPIS Workshop Presentations:
Title and presenter  

1. Solar Irrigation in the context of the Global Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Sustainable Development, by Jean-Marc Faures and Olivier Dubois

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2. Relevance of solar-powered irrigation systems for agricultural development with particular reference to smallholder farming, by Jan Sass

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3. Solar irrigation for sustainable agriculture and rural development in Mexico, by Octavio Montufar Avilez

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4. Scaling-up solar-based irrigation pumping in developing countries, by Divyam Nagpal. See video: http://youtu.be/PzKGPRKJ6xo

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5. Technology options for solar-powered irrigation systems, by Andreas Hahn

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6. Life cycle cost and feasibility of solar pumps for sustainable irrigation in Bangladesh, by Ayub Hossain

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7. Solar water technologies in Egypt: options and applications, by Ahmed Mohamed Alhady

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8. Environmental Performance of Solar Photovoltaic Technologies, by Felix Reinders

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9. Cleaning Up After Clean Energy: PV commodity chains, hazardous waste and environmental justice, by Dustin Mulvaney

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10. Market assessments for solar-powered irrigation pumps in Morocco, Yemen and South Africa, by Richard Colback

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11. Rajasthan solar water pump programme, by Dinesh Kumar Goyal

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12. Policies and case studies for developing SPIS in China, by Liu Jing

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13. Policy and institutional arrangements to promote SPIS in Chile, by Victor Alejandro Medina Sepulveda

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14. Solar irrigation in Tunisia in the framework of agricultural development and climate change, by Aissa Agoun

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15. Energy-Irrigation Nexus in South Asia: Improving Groundwater Conservation and Power Sector Viability, by Verma Shilp

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16. Experiences from the Solar Market Garden project in Benin, West Africa, by Robert Freling

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17. Prospects for SPIS: Experiences from Kenya, by Orodi Odhiambo

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18. GAP Projects and Pilot Solar Irrigation Applications from a Regional Development Perspective, by Muhyettin Sirer

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19. Rationale and concept for a planning and promotion manual for solar powered irrigation systems, by Andreas Hahn Director and Jan Sass

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