In a country shaken by civil wars and droughts caused by climate change there is a dire need for stability. One aspect is to provide as many people in rural regions with a flexible water supply for their crops and livestock to enable a stable food supply. Since most of the people in the rural areas have small farms which sustain their own living, it is very difficult to build a central network for water supply. A possible solutions needs to be simple, flexible, robust and affordable in order to be an efficient part in a possible solution.
The solution that FAO and CAA have worked on is simple but genious. Using a basic plug and play solar system which powers a small submersible water pump, farmers can use the flexible hose system to water their crops and provide the livestock with water. The system consists of foldable 200Wp solar panels, which only need to be plugged into a contoller, which powers a water pump. The system itself can be transported by car and assembled on site. It also includes a USB charger to enable phone charging. The pumps in combination with the hose system can supply farms of up to 1,5ha with water. Since the system can be transported to many different locations, it servers as the perfect solution for communities, whose farms are scattered in many different locations within a region. This enables a merger between many farmers, who can bare the cost on many shoulers, which makes the system affordable, and therefore a lucrative solution.
Renewable energy is a symbol of a bright new future for Africa and for our planet. We aim to provide access to sustainable, high-quality energy systems and infrastructure across Sub-Saharan Africa.