International Forum on Solar Technologies for Small-Scale Agriculture and Water Management

International Forum on Solar Technologies for Small-Scale Agriculture and Water Management


April 12, 2018 - April 13, 2018    
All Day


FAO HQ, Rome, Italy
FAO HQ, Rome, Italy, Rome

This forum will review the existing solar technologies and their application in different countries and will analyze the needs and opportunities for sustainable rural development. It will also present the tools developed by FAO and its partners to enhance the use of solar technologies.

Organized by FAO, together with Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) the forum will explore how solar technology can help meet the food and water needs of the world’s growing population.

The Forum will be organized around four main themes:

  • Innovative finance, investment and business models
  • Capacity development
  • Effective management of water risks
  • Enabling environment


Sessions by IWMI staff:

12th April 2018


An introduction into the work of FAO, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and IWMI (International Water Management Institute)
(English and French interpretation available)
Sheikh Zayed Centre

Maria Weitz, Programme Leader of Powering Agriculture, GIZ, Germany

Jennie Baron, Flagship Leader ‘Land and Water Solutions for Sustainable Intensification of CGIAR-WLE Research for Development

Eduardo Mansur, Director of Land & Water Division of FAO, Italy


13:30 – 15:15 – PARALLEL SESSIONS – BLOCK I:

Ethiopia Room C-285 (English and French interpretation available)
Innovative business models for solar-powered irrigation: from pay-as you go to feed-in tariffs.

    • “The one-stop-shop for solar pumps – Supplier and Financier”, Samir Ibrahim, SunCulture, Kenya
    • “Pay as you go model in Tanzania”, Frode Öckermann, PowerProviders, Tanzania
    • “Energy as remunerative crop”, Shilp Verma, IWMI India
    • “An overview of the different deployment models of solar pumps in India”, Nilanjan Ghose, GIZ India
    • “Solar business models for Ethiopia”, Miriam OtooIWMI Sri Lanka

13th April 2018


Ethiopia Room C-285 (English and French interpretation available)
Solar technologies as an opportunity, not a liability, for water resourcesThe promise of solar desalinisation

    • “Solar technology as an alternative in irrigation modernization in Spain”, Raquel Bravo-Rubio, Irrigation Expert, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment of Spain
    • “A balancing act: sustaining water resources ad supporting people’s livelihoods”, Adrian Honey, Lorentz, Germany
    • “Solar irrigation and groundwater management”, Karen VillholthPrincipal Researcher, IWMI South Africa
    • “Bringing solar energy into solution for lifting surface irrigation water in Egypt and Jordan”, Ahmed Abdelfattah, Solar Energy Expert of FAO
    • “Challenges and opportunities for building groundwater economy accross Indo-Gangetic Basin (IGB) of South Asia”, Netra Chhetri, Arizona State University, USA
    • “Extending solar water pump subsidies: impact on water use, energy use and cropping patterns in Rajasthan”, Eshita Gupta, KPMG India
    • “Real-scale demonstration of PV irrigation systems 100% renewable and reducing water consumption”, Rita Almeida, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

13:30 – 15:30

German Room C-269 (English and French interpretation available)
Strategic policy instruments to promote and regulate solar irrigation Technologies

    • “Towards a clean energy value chain in Sub-Saharan Africa”, Roberto Vigotti, Res4Africa, Italy
    • “The role of solar energy for the resilience of food production systems”, Moustapha Sissoko, Agronomist, Ministry of Agriculture, Mali
    • “An overview of policies on solar pumping from around the world”, Divyam Nagpal, IRENA
    • “India’s subsidy scheme for promoting solar technologies”, B.G. Mukhopadhyay, (Retd.) NABARD, India
    • “Suitability mapping as a new tool to support sustainable groundwater for solar irrigation”, Petra Schmitter , IWMI Myanmar

More information and the full program can be found at