Together with the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), UNIDO’s Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in Germany launched a report on “Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE) Innovations to Boost Agri-Sector Productivity and Address Global Food System Challenges” presented during ARE’s recent virtual Technology and Innovation Forum (TIF 2021).
The report highlights key innovations that sustainably increase productivity in the agricultural sector using DRE technologies and thus help solve global challenges in food systems. It features fifteen case studies from African, Asian, Latin American and European countries and draws attention to the major barriers encountered, including lack of access to essential services, such as clean energy and water, access to finance, access to high-quality seeds, modern agricultural practices and machinery, as well as a lack of awareness and information on DRE solutions and related education.
The report provides several key recommendations to overcome those barriers, covering aspects related to social, environmental, technical, as well as financial and institutional sustainability- addressing stakeholders ranging from international funding partners and philanthropies, governments, private sector, civil society organisations and local communities.
The objective of the cooperation between ITPO Germany and ARE is to foster cross-sectoral coordination, technology exchange and business matchmaking. During the OFF-GRID Expo + Conference in December 2020, ITPO Germany and ARE organized a joint B2B matchmaking event which was attended by more than 220 participants.
Through this cooperation, ITPO Germany aims to showcase technologies, expertise and experience of German/European companies from the DRE sector in developing countries. The cooperation strives to facilitate interaction between key DRE stakeholders by providing a platform for mobilising investments towards global energy access efforts and achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 and other SDGs.
Read the report here.
For more information read the ITPO Germany Annual Report 2020 or contact ITPO Germany (itpo.germany [at] unido.org (i)tpo.germany [at] unido.org)