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Wirzsolar - Mali II

Pilot Project for the Introduction of Solar Water Pumps for Food Production by Farmers in Mali

Contract: 2009.06
Photovoltaics

Pilot Project for the Introduction of Solar Water Pumps for Food Production by Farmers in Mali

Project Type :

Pilot Project

Technology :

Photovoltaics

Country :

Mali

Project State :

Completed

Partner :

WirzSolar GmbH, Sissach, Fredy Wirz

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© WirzSolar

Swiss Contribution

The Swiss partner supports the local partner with his long standing experience in the deployment of solar water pumping in Mali.

Description

The food crisis, along with rising food prices and Mali’s dependency on food imports has lead to a demand in increasing the national food production in order to guarantee food security. Accordingly, irrigated food cultivation is expanding. To date, the necessary water is usually pumped with fossil fuels which are becoming more and more expensive. Solar water pumping, combined with drip irrigation, could help to reduce production costs and raise revenues.

Within a pilot project, 50 solar water pumps for farmers’ market gardening shall be installed in collaboration with local partners and shall prove if the deployment of a self-sustaining market for solar pumps is possible. Thus, a micro-finance system shall make the high up-front costs affordable.

REPIC co-finances the first phase with 10 solar pumps which shall be used for demonstration and promotion purposes with farmer associations and producer organizations.

Documentation

The Final Report, „Pilotprojekt zur Einführung von Solarpumpen zur Nahrungsmittelproduktion durch Kleinbauern/-bäuerinnen in Mali“, is available at www.repic.ch.