2nd SoLAR National Forum, Bangladesh

To gain insights on decarbonization of agriculture in the South Asian context, researchers from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the partner organizations discuss some key findings from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) funded SoLAR (Solar Irrigation for Agricultural Resilience) project across Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan.



2nd SoLAR National Forum, Bangladesh

“Webinar on co-benefits, equity and financial viability for upscaling solar irrigation in Bangladesh”

As part of year 2 (2021-2022) of the SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) funded SoLAR (Solar Irrigation for Agricultural Resilience) project in Bangladesh, the second SoLAR National Forum will be organised.

Date: Thursday, 10 February 2022

Time: 11:00-13:00 BST (120 minutes)

The two-hour session will have participation from a host of dignitaries representing various government institutions in the country. Irrigation in Bangladesh is primarily dependent on imported diesel which hinders economic and environmental outcomes at the National and farmers’ level. Solar irrigation provides an opportunity to replace diesel pumps in off-grid areas with a cleaner energy alternative. To date, more than 2000 solar irrigation pumps have been set up in Bangladesh with different government and private organisations involved in popularizing this technology across the country. Most of them have ambitious targets for scaling up SIPs in the coming decade. At this critical juncture, it becomes imperative to understand the benefits as well as co-benefits from solar irrigation in Bangladesh, the equity in terms of groundwater access, it provides through different models and the financial viability envisioned. How the different models for SIP promotion in the country are currently working and what should be the way forward? This webinar will welcome experts and diverse stakeholders who will shed light on the different aspects of the solar irrigation sector in Bangladesh and aim to foster co-learning and move forward towards the upscaling of solar irrigation in the country.

This forum will include rich presentations and panel discussion on various themes.


Theme 1: Not just mitigation – co-benefits from solar irrigation
Topic and speaker:

Climate adaptation co-benefits of solar irrigation in Bangladesh – Dr Syed Mahbubur Rahman, Associate Professor, BRAC University


Theme 2: Delivering solar irrigation services to the poor
Topics and speakers:
  1. Achieving equitable SIP access in Bangladesh: lessons from the field– Dr Marie-Charlotte Buisson, Senior Researcher, IWMI
  2. Findings from SIP experience in India, Nepal and Pakistan – Dr Aditi Mukherji, Principal Researcher, IWMI


Theme 3: Asset utilization of SIPs for financial viability – case studies from BD
Topics and speakers:
  1. Presentation from IDCOL on proposed grid integration of SIPs
  2. Case study from IDCOL sponsors on integrating complementary activities/services with SIPs


Theme 4: Solarizing irrigation sector in BD: Many paths to success

(Panel discussion on alternative models of promoting solar irrigation in Bangladesh)

  1. Tanuja Bhattacharjee, Energy Specialist, World Bank
  2. Nazirul Islam, Executive Engineer, BMDA
  3. Mohammad Ayub Hossain, Principal Scientific Officer, BARI
  4. A B M Zahid Hossain, Senior Scientific Officer, BRRI


Moderator: Mr Archisman Mitra, Country Lead- Bangladesh, SoLAR Project, IWMI

Please find the attached agenda here.

This is a regional event, and our researchers will promote this event on Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook.


Speakers and panelists profiles



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