Category: Rural Development

Micro hydropower lifeline for villages soon

By vpadmin, May 25, 2010

The government will allocate additional resources to build micro-hydro projects with a capacity of 50-100 KW to provide electricity to every village in the country with the potential to generate electricity but without a power connection. Finance Minister Surendra Pandey said on Sunday that government resources would be made available to generate electricity through micro-hydro projects in such villages within the next three years.

http://www.energycentral.com/functional/news/news_detail.cfm?did=15636166

The seeds of change in Africa’s economic climate

By vpadmin, May 24, 2010

In the remote interior of Congo, the news was buzzing around the villages: a Canadian company needed workers for a seed farm to produce jatropha plants, a new biofuel for global markets.

The company asked for 20 workers to arrive at 7:30 on a Wednesday morning. “You wouldn’t believe it – there were 800 people who showed up, some of them a few days before, and they slept on the road,” says Louis Tourillon, founder and CEO of Carbon2Green, a Montreal-based company.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/g8-g20/africa/the-seeds-of-change-in-africas-economic-climate/article1579190/

Competition Aims to Bring Light to Africans Off the Grid

By vpadmin, May 20, 2010

In an effort to raise standards of living across the continent, the World Bank Group’s Lighting Africa Program has chosen five products it believes can bring light to poor and rural communities in Africa.

Lighting Africa is a joint program of the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank. The initiative aims to support the development of modern energy and lighting solutions for people in sub-Saharan Africa living without access to an electricity grid.

http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/africa/Competition-Aims-to-Bring-Light-to-Africans-Off-the-Grid-94485849.html

Water: World Bank Report Recommends Ways to Improve Access to Clean Water

By vpadmin, April 4, 2010

Ethiopia, Haiti and Niger are facing the world’s worst water shortages, but 700 million people in 43 countries are under “water stress,” according to a new report released by the World Bank last month.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/06/health/06glob.html

Bhutan – On the Wings of Light Part 2

By vpadmin, December 21, 2009

The Solar Electric Light Fund brings solar power technology to people in the developing world. Here we see a project that the group took on in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan using micro-credit and solar as a means to electrify rural communities.

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/video/bhutan-on-the-wings-of-light-part-2

90,000 more rural people get access to electricity in Tibet

By vpadmin, December 20, 2009

Dec 20, 2009 — Xinhua

Another 90,000 people have bidden farewell to a life without electricity in the rural areas of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region this year, local authorities said Sunday.

The regional government plans to invest 2.5 billion yuan (367.6 million U.S. dollars) to help 510,000 rural people gain access to electricity during the 2008-2011 period, said Gao Yingyun, vice general manager of the Tibet Electric Power Co. Ltd..

To date, local authorities have invested 1.7 billion yuan and provided power to 280,000 farmers and herdsmen, Gao said.

“But there are still 800,000 people in the countryside have difficulties in gaining access to electricity,” he said.

“We will take further measures to expand power grid,” he added.

Innovation in Rural Energy Delivery Accelerating Energy Access Through SMEs

By vpadmin, November 23, 2009

While accelerating rural energy access will require various strategies, technologies, and players, Innovation in Rural Energy Delivery focuses on opportunities to accelerate access by engaging entrepreneurial small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to provide distributed clean energy technologies, particularly small renewable energy systems and LPG.

http://www.soluzusa.com/innovation.html

Catch the Sun

By vpadmin, November 20, 2009

Actor/Environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. narrates this wonderful video describing how the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) brought solar power to Sukiki, a small village in the Solomon Islands, on the …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ces000B9tBs&NR=1

Investment in Small Farmers Crucial in Africa

By vpadmin, June 12, 2009

Attempts to alleviate poverty and hunger and boost African economies are futile if the needs and potential of small-scale farmers in the region are ignored and the issue of trade barriers remains unaddressed.

This position emerged at the World Economic Forum on Africa which concluded on Thursday Jun. 12.

http://www.ipsnews.net/africa/nota.asp?idnews=47313