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Fact sheet // Decentralized Renewables: Boosting Agriculture and Improving Nutrition

This fact sheet shows up ways, solutions and examples how decentralized use of renewable energy sources can enhance food security.

One in 9 people—795 million people—are undernourished, 98 percent of whom live in emerging economies. UN SDG 2 targets the end of hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030, as well as the doubling of agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers. Decentralized renewable energy (DRE) solutions can aid subsistence and low-income farmers to increase outputs, create savings, and allow for increased income for spending on more nutritious food.

Key messages

  • The role of decentralized renewables in improving irrigation, cold storage, and agricultural yields will be imperative to reach UN SDG 2 targets for hunger eradication, especially as climate change is projected to increase droughts and extreme weather. Join Power for All to share the following messages:
  • Decentralized renewables, especially solar irrigation and water pumps can increase agricultural outputs, as well as increase diversity of crop production.
  • Decentralized renewables can power cold storage systems, drastically reducing food waste and preserving more food for people to eat.
  • Mechanized agro processing powered by distributed renewables can save labor and increase the value of crops.

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November 2017

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