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Developing a supply chain for the solar-steam irrigation pump in Ethiopia


Titre : Developing a supply chain for the solar-steam irrigation pump in Ethiopia

Pays : Ethiopa

Date : 2011 - 2013

Ethiopia proved to be a challenging environment for private sector development for several reasons - import regulations, high in-country operation costs, limited manufacturing capacity in terms of facilities and skilled manpower among them. These conditions prevented the establishment of a production facility for the product in Ethiopia itself. Instead, a centralised production unit was set up in Pune in India, with the capacity for bulk production and global distribution. The performance of the pump was improved, and product quality was assured through newly formulated quality standards and testing procedures for quality control. In Ethiopia, service providers were trained, three pilot units were installed and awareness raising was conducted with a view towards establishing sales and eventually also production in the country in the future.

The project also directly stimulated private sector development with Futurepump Ltd. commencing sales and distribution of the pump on a commercial, for-profit basis in Kenya. By the end of the project 30 pumps had been produced and another 100 were being manufactured. The farmers using the pumps saw increases in crop yield and reported the Sunflower Pump saved them $400 in the first year, compared to traditional diesel pumps. Despite the unforeseen difficulties and the resulting change in strategy, the project was considered a success. Though the aim to develop a market for solar-steam pumps was not reached in Ethiopia, the first steps towards a global distribution network for the Sunflower Pump were taken through the establishment of a production facility in India and a commercial distribution and service enterprise in Kenya.

Mise en oeuvre : IDE - International Development Enterprise

Financement : Norway
Budget : € 294,000 including co-funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)

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