The Nexus and Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Solar Powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS) represent one of the most prominent interdependencies of the water, energy and food sectors. The renewable, climate-friendly technology is the fastest growing of all solar energy applications. By enhancing the irrigation capacity, SPIS provide a great opportunity for food security. Irrigation not only boosts agricultural productivity in times of population growth, but also reduces climate vulnerability. This WEF-Nexus solution is rapidly expanding, as photovoltaic panels are getting more affordable for farmers in developing countries. However, adequate management of water resources is crucial in order to avoid over-exploitation and thus increases the urgency of integrated governance systems being in place. SPIS technology has potential to improve livelihoods and economic prosperity.

News on Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS) and the Nexus

Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

SPIS // Kickstarting India’s Multi-billion Dollar Solar Irrigation Scheme

By Shehnab Sahin, CCAFS South Asia. A multi-stakeholder policy consultation assesses the best way forward for implementing a scheme to promote solar farming in India

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Nexus in MENA // Joint FAO-GIZ Session on SPIS with Water-Energy-Food Nexus Focus at Cairo Water Week

By Nisreen Lahham. From 14-18 October 2018, under the auspices of His Excellency President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI) organised the “First Cairo Water Week” with the aim of discussing water-related issues, reflecting Egypt’s interest in facing water challenges, including desertification, water scarcity, and climate change.

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Getting Pumped // A Quest to Finance Solar Irrigation in Kenya

By Evgenia Sokolova. Solar pumping is a well established technology. However, financing solar irrigation can often be difficult, especially for small farmers.

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Sistemas de Riego con Energía Solar // Naciones Unidas Anima a Extender los Sistemas de Riego con Energía Solar

Par Pilar Sánchez Molina. La Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO) orienta en su nuevo informe sobre cómo aprovechar al máximo las innovaciones y evitar el desperdicio de agua.

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Events on Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS) and the Nexus

Capacity Building

Curso Internacional en Sistemas de Bombeo // Bolivia se Capacita en Sistemas de Bombeo para Irrigación y Otros Usos

En Bolivia, muchas regiones se encuentran afectadas por la falta de agua y el limitado acceso a servicios modernos de energía. Cuando las tecnologías tradicionales de bombeo alcanzan sus límites técnicos, los medios habituales de bombear agua para riego son las bombas de gasolina o diésel. Con el fin de promover la energía solar como un suministro energético seguro y ecológicamente, el Programa Nexo Bolivia junto con los Ministerios de Medio Ambiente y Agua, así como de Desarrollo Rural y...

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Solar Water Pumping Seminar for NGOs // Water Solutions for Developing Countries - Building the Next Generation (Asia)

This event is designed to help NGO and government decision makers, municipal water service providers, engineers, capacity builders and fund raisers to understand more about how solar water pumping solutions are changing the lives of millions of people around the world. The content is a mixture of information sharing, workshop activities and practical demonstrations of what can be achieved.

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Solar Water Pumping Seminar for NGOs // Water Solutions for Developing Countries - Building the Next Generation (Europe)

This event is designed to help NGO and government decision makers, municipal water service providers, engineers, capacity builders and fund raisers to understand more about how solar water pumping solutions are changing the lives of millions of people around the world. The content is a mixture of information sharing, workshop activities and practical demonstrations of what can be achieved.

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Solar Water Pumping Seminar for NGOs // Water Solutions for Developing Countries - Building the Next Generation (East Africa)

This event is designed to help NGO and government decision makers, municipal water service providers, engineers, capacity builders and fund raisers to understand more about how solar water pumping solutions are changing the lives of millions of people around the world. The content is a mixture of information sharing, workshop activities and practical demonstrations of what can be achieved.

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Resources on Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS) and the Nexus

Modelling and Assessment

Water-Energy-Food Nexus Assessment of Solar Energy Farming Interactions // The Azraq Case in Jordan with Insights from India

By Mohammad Al-Saidi. This report focuses on experiences with solar energy farming (SEF), and in particular the solar energy farming project in the Azraq basin in Jordan (referred to as SEF Azraq). SEF Azraq sought to encourage farmers to substitute farming with livelihoods as solar farmers. This report aims at generating relevant recommendations for the implementation of SEF projects in Jordan and the Arab region by integrating lessons learnt from SEF Azraq, insights from a water-energy-food...

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Study // Solarising Groundwater Irrigation in India: A Growing Debate

By Nitin Bassi. India’s carbon footprint in agriculture is on the rise. Heavy subsidies for electricity and diesel to pump groundwater for irrigated agriculture increase carbon emissions. Researchers and practitioners have suggested to promote solar pumps for well irrigation. In this way agricultural growth can be made carbon-neutral and groundwater use in farming more sustainable.

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Return on Investment Case Study // Accelerating Solar Water Pump Sales in Kenya

This Return on Investment case study by Winrock International shows an increase in gross profits of up to 186% within one to two crop seasons after purchase of a solar water pump (SWP) for smallholder farmers in Kenya. Between August 2015 and December 2016 Winrock demonstrated SWPs to more than 16,000 of such smallholder farmers and found that despite strong demand, the lack of smallholder credit options for solar irrigation is a key obstacle preventing SWP sales from increasing rapidly;...

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Solar-powered Pump Irrigation and India's Groundwater Economy // A Preliminary Discussion of Opportunities and Threats

By Tushaar Shah and A. Kishore. Falling cost of photo voltaic (PV) cells is making solar irrigation pumps a reality in India. It is only a matter of time before governments begin aggressive promotion of solar irrigation pumps. Several players are already in the market offering a range of solar pumping solutions. With appropriate promotional strategy and incentives, solar pumps can attack India's invidious nexus between energy and groundwater irrigation and change it for the better.

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