Wanted: Your Innovative Solutions for Climate-Friendly Agriculture (Video)
Fighting climate change requires a variety of solutions, from large-scale national programs to small, local projects. One area that has a serious need for solutions is agriculture. As the population grows, demand for food may increase by 70 percent or more, so finding climate-friendly ways to grow, transport, and store that food is of major importance.
The U.S. government and Duke Energy are taking part in an international program to foster positive approaches to this issue. Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC) is an open, global innovation call for market-based solutions for the agricultural sphere. PAEGC will award up to $2 million for projects that integrate clean-energy technology into agricultural development and ensure that those solutions are self-sustaining and scalable.
Concept notes for the 2014 challenge are due February 12. You can check out last year’s winners here.
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Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC) seeks to identify and support new and sustainable approaches to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy solutions for increasing agriculture productivity and/or value in developing countries.
In support of this tenant, PAEGC seeks to fund solutions within the clean energy-agriculture nexus that: can achieve scale; are adoptable within the context of emerging markets; are sustainable, and can ultimately progress without outside assistance; and utilize modern, evidence-based science and technology approaches.
PAEGC has four key program components:
1. Supporting clean energy technology and businesses model innovations for agriculture
2. Ensuring that financial intermediaries have the capital they need to help organizations scale their innovations and reach the farmers and farm-related businesses that need these technologies
3. Developing partnerships with public and private sector organizations that want to support the goals of the Powering Agriculture program
4. Serve as a clean energy and agricultural information resource for people around the world