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Introducing solar water pumping systems to small farmers in Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on February 4th, 2021

To irrigate their fields most small farmers in Nepal depend on rainfall, some farmers are using diesel-powered water pumps and others even carry water manually to irrigate their fields and provide water for their livestock from nearby rivers or small streams. While diesel-powered water pumps can be expensive and polluting the lack of irrigation can result in limited production and missed opportunities to sell surplus agricultural products. This SEPS-knowledge exchange project in Nepal implemented by Winrock International and its local partners (Nepal Agricultural Cooperative Central Federation Ltd.) addressed this issue by expanding the knowledge and promoting solar water pumping systems (SWPs) as clean and financially viable irrigation option to members of eight small farmer cooperatives in three districts of Nepal: Nawalpur, Rupandehi and Kapilvastu. Link to the SEPS Knowledge Exchange Read moreMinimize

The project team carried out several activities including knowledge exchange, capacity building, system demonstration, follow up and monitoring for the promotion of SWP system among smallholder farmers for irrigation. The project further facilitated network development among municipal officials, cooperatives, farmers and SWP supplier companies. 

To tackle one of the biggest obstacles for SWPs the project also aimed to increase the access to financing options for rural farmers. The project provided farmers with an orientation on the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) subsidy program and also financing options from financial institutions like SFACLs. As a result a total of 17 SWP systems have been installed in the project area. 16 SWP systems were installed under AEPC subsidy program, and 1 SWP system was installed with credit facility from JSLBSL.

The feedback from the farmers who installed a SWP was very positive. Some were able to increase their incomes. Others welcomed the replacement of the diesel engines, which caused additional costs for fuel and operation as well as maintenance. Furthermore, some farmers reported that they could even provide neighboring farmers with water from their SWP system. These results show that the transfer of knowledge about sustainable energy solutions and support by different actors to achieve those, are a major determinant on the way to achieving SDG 7 - sustainbale energy access for all.

Find here the full description of the project: Exchange: Knowledge Exchange to Make Solar Water Pumping (SWP) Systems Affordable for Small Farmers (SEPS16)

Or listen to our webinar about sustainable energy solutions for irrigation: 7. Energy for Water from "Sun&Co" - Renewable Energy Innovations for Irrigation

HPNET's "The Flow" is out now!

News from WISIONS posted on January 12th, 2021

Also our partnership network HPNET reviewed their past work and activities of their members and project partners all about small-scale hydropower in their very last newsletter of the year 2020. You can find Interesting stories about projects of HPNET members in Nepal, Madagascar and Ethiopia in this edition. The Flow: December Edition

Our last Newsletter for 2020 and end of year reflection

News from WISIONS posted on December 21st, 2020

The latest WISIONS Newsletter is out! In it, we look back at key recent activities and reflect on what innovation can mean in the context of energy access. We hope you enjoy the holiday season and wish you all a great start to 2021. Please stay safe!Find our newsletter here!

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