Solar Irrigation for Agricultural Resilience (SoLAR) in South Asia aims to sustainably manage the water-energy and climate interlinkages in South Asia through the promotion of solar irrigation pumps (SIPs). The main goal of the project is to contribute to climate-resilient, gender-equitable, and socially-inclusive agrarian livelihoods in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan by supporting government efforts to promote solar irrigation. This project responds to government commitments to transition to clean energy pathways in agriculture. All countries in this project have NDC commitments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and SIPs can play a significant role in reducing emissions in agriculture.
Anticipated outcomes are:
- Generating improved empirical evidence to support the development of climate-resilient, gender-equitable, socially-inclusive, and groundwater-responsive solar irrigation policies;
- Validating innovative actions and approaches for promoting gender-equitable, socially-inclusive, and groundwater-responsive solar irrigation; and
- Increasing national and global knowledge and capacity for developing gender-equitable, socially inclusive, and groundwater-responsive solar irrigation policies and practices.