January 31

Report: Navigating the Opportunities and Risks of Solar Irrigation: The Importance of Comprehensive Accounting and Smart Regulations

By Soumya Balasubramanya

Solar-powered groundwater irrigation is growing quickly in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Over the last ten years, South Asia has seen the installation of more than 500,000 small standalone pumps, while in Sub-Saharan Africa, solar pumps are becoming a crucial technology for expanding irrigated agriculture. These solar pumps hold significant potential to meet the increasing energy needs of impoverished farmers in LMICs. Studies from South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa indicate that standalone solar pumps lead to improvements in food production, food security, and livelihoods—essential factors for reducing poverty. 

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Source: World Bank Blogs (link opens in a new window)

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