We invited more than 20 students and young researchers from different disciplines to Kathmandu, Nepal and took a deep dive into the methods and concepts of transdisciplinary research. Here, participants share their experinces.
The recording of our latest webinar with the title “Energy for Water from “Sun & Co” – Renewable Energy Innovations for Irrigation” from 3 July is online now! Find the recording here now!
Innovation based on decentralized renewable energy can help tackle crucial technical challenges faced by family and small-scale farmers worldwide. Decentralized renewable energy enables the supply of energy directly where it is needed and deploys locally available energy resources. For these innovations the focus shifts from solely supplying energy to its application for the function required; e.g. pumping water, treating organic residues or processing produce.
In this free WISIONS webinar we showed how energy practitioners are advancing innovations based on renewable energy to improve water availability for family and small-scale farmers. While the general idea is simple (local energy supply enables water pumping, which in turn facilitates/improves irrigation options), a number of aspects should be considered:
- What strategies ensure that small-scale farmers can access the relevant technology, services and maintenance?
- How can improved water supply effectively translate into improved livelihoods and increased revenues?
- What options ensure that increasing the pumping capacity does not lead to greater depletion of water resources?
With our speakers we explored these and other crucial aspects for advancing renewable energy-based irrigation that effectively supports farming families’ livelihoods.
Pooja Sharma, Practical Action Nepal
Willington Ortiz, WISIONS, Wuppertal Institute
Jessica Rivas, WindAid Institute and Wind Empowerment
The slides can be found here: WISIONS Webinar7 AllSlides