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Facilitating SIP Subsidies through Innovative Finance Support Model

SwitchON Foundation, an SDC-IWMI SoLAR innovation fund grantee, is enabling farmers in East and West Midnapore, Nadia, and North 24 Pargana districts of West Bengal to avail of a state government subsidy for SIPs, by facilitating bank loans for them through the Ratnakar Bank Limited (RBL).        …

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IDCOL in Bangladesh: A Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Model for Decarbonizing Irrigation through Solar

Diesel-based groundwater irrigation has been crucial for Bangladesh’s Boro rice cultivation and subsequent food security. As of 2019, boro accounted for more than half of Bangladesh’s food grain production. However, Bangladesh imports much of its diesel. As a result, it spends roughly $3.2 billion annually on import bills, which puts…

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Solar Irrigation for the “Last Mile”

Kalinga Renewable Energy Manufacturers Pvt. Limited (KARMA), a start-up from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar, innovates in mobile solar irrigation pumps for small and fragmented landholdings in rural Bihar and Odisha.   Due to poor irrigation infrastructure and a lack of reliable electricity grids in rural Bihar, farmers…

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Tapping Surplus Energy from SIPs for post-farmgate use

Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI), a SoLAR IF Grantee based in Rachi, aims to transform the lives of tribal households in the tribal belt of Jharkhand. In the Sardakhel village, Rachi, the local tribal group Munda resides. The tribe is dependent on agriculture. But susceptible to poverty due to…

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Solar Irrigation in South Asia: Emerging evidence of impacts on mitigation, adaptation, equity and groundwater

-Dr. Aditi Mukherji: Alleviating poverty with minimal carbon emission is at the heart of climate-resilient development. This need is particularly acute in South Asia, where the continuing expansion of irrigation holds the promise of pulling smallholders out of poverty but will also result in significant increases in carbon emissions due…

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Solar irrigation: A boon or bane for groundwater?

–Md Faiz Alam: In Ishnav, a small village in Anand district in Gujarat, solar panels shine bright in the farmers’ field. The energy generated by these solar panels is used by farmers to run pumps for irrigating their fields. However, there is more to these solar panels. When not irrigating,…

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Empowering female farmers through improved access to water technologies

By Manohara Khadka, Country Representative – Nepal, IWMI: “I wish to have a solar powered irrigation pump (SIP),” said a female farmer from Madhavpatti village in the Parsa district of Nepal’s Province No. 2, “but I don’t know how to access one.” Solar irrigation technology has the potential to empower…

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