Millions of farmers and agribusinesses in developing countries do not have access to the quality clean energy services necessary for them to maximize agricultural productivity and value.
To address this problem, USAID has partnered with the Governments of Sweden and Germany, Duke Energy, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to create Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development. Powering Agriculture encourages the development and deployment of clean energy technologies, supports the growth of businesses that work at the nexus of clean energy and agriculture, and attracts much needed private sector investment in this space. Ultimately, the program will expand farmers’ and farm–related businesses’ access to clean energy solutions for improving irrigation, value-added processing, cold storage, or other on-farm applications. This will enhance the incomes and economic opportunities of the networks farmers and associated businesses along agricultural supply chains, and help build profitable clean energy companies.