The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved a US$1 million grant for Energy 4 Impact to develop the small-scale solar irrigation market in Rwanda.
The project will initially target an estimated 3,000 smallholder farmers, organized into farmer groups and cooperatives. It will seek to support Rwanda’s farmers in adopting small-scale solar irrigation, as well as working with local banks to implement financing schemes for farmers. The eventual objective is to support 13,000 farmers over five years.
Ben Good, CEO of Energy 4 Impact said: “The lack of penetration of small-scale solar irrigation is both a challenge and an opportunity. The development of the market is held back by farmers’ lack of awareness, non-affordability of the high upfront cost, minimal sales/distribution presence of suppliers and poor availability of agricultural finance.”
The project will be implemented in Rwanda in over eight districts in the Eastern and Southern parts of the country. The districts include: Bugesera, Kirehe, Nyagatare, Ngoma, and Gatsibo in the East; and Gisagara, Kamonyi and Muhanga in the Southern Province.