Solar irrigation for Agricultural Resilience
Solar Irrigation for Agricultural Resilience in South Asia (SoLAR-SA) project aims to sustainably manage the invidious water-energy and climate interlinkages in South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan) through promotion of solar irrigation pumps (SIPs). The main goal of the project is to contribute to climate resilient, gender and socially inclusive agrarian livelihoods in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan by supporting Government efforts to promote solar irrigation. In the process, the project will also pave the way for sustainable and equitable groundwater governance by tackling some of the policy distortions such as perverse electricity subsidies which has created the current negative interlinkages between water and energy sector in South Asia. This project will be implemented in four South Asian countries of Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan in partnership with government agencies who have the mandate to implement policies and programs on SIPs in their respective countries. The duration of the project is four years, from December 2019 till December 2023.