In March 2020, the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in Africa brought with it a difficult time for businesses and…
plan for achieving universal electricity access nation wide by 2025.
The Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Energy (MoWIE) has launched a new agricultural productive user-focused project named Decentralized Renewable Energy-Agriculture Modalities (DREAM), in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, African Development Bank, and the Agricultural Transformation Energy. The DREAM project is expected to transform household farmer-based Agricultural Commercial Clusters (ACCs) by providing reliable and affordable solar mini-grid power to enable cluster irrigation farming throughout the year.
Compared to current diesel generator-based irrigation solutions, on average the DREAM pilot project is expected to substantially increase:
1. Farmer Productivity by 91%
2. Farm Production by 86%
3. Farmer Income by 80%
In addition to providing renewable energy for ACC irrigation, the project will contribute towards achieving SDG-7’s goal of electricity access and SDG-6’s goal of clean water supply to household farmers and surrounding communities.