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2015

Solar powered alternatives for conventional irrigation pumps

Sénégal

Titre : Solar powered alternatives for conventional irrigation pumps

Pays : Senegal Ethiopia

Date/Durée : 2015 -2016

Descriptif
Irrigation of vegetables and other cash crops helps farmers to increase their income and become less vulnerable to droughts resulting from climate change. Productive areas are centred around rivers and plains with very shallow groundwater. However, when the groundwater is beyond 8 meters depth, farmers cannot access the water and rely on erratic rainfall only. The reason is that conventional smallholder irrigation pumps – engine pumps, treadle pumps, etc. – are physically limited to a suction depth of 8 meter. PRACTICA and Global Good (Seattle, US) are working on an affordable solar-powered alternative that can withdraw water from up to 20 m depth. Market studies in Ethiopia and Senegal are executed to assess the scope and design criteria expressed by farmers.

Activités
* Mapping and literature study to select high potential areas in Ethiopia and Senegal * Data collection on smallholder irrigation to assess the size and characteristics of the local market * Field assessments to get insights in farmers’ requirements and demand * Testing of pump prototypes

Objectifs
The study aims to get insights in the scope and design criteria expressed by smallholder farmers in Ethiopia and Senegal. The outcomes will inform the design phase of the pump which will take of in 2016.

Présentation (Practica Foundation )

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