Learning Goals

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At the end of the course, you will have gained a risen awareness of the Energy-Agriculture Nexus and you will have achieved a more complex and critical understanding of its challenges. You are able to identify the potential of various renewable energy technologies in agricultural value chains and you can put the energy food nexus in economic and political context. Further you will have learnt to implement your very own energy solution.

Course structure

Introduction to the Energy-Agriculture Nexus (week 1)

Week 1
• Introduction to the Energy-Agriculture Nexus
• Energy Input in Agricultural Value Chains

Renewable Energy Technologies and Energy Efficiency in Agricultural Value Chains (week 2-4)

Week 2
• Renewable Energy Resources and Technology Overview
• Solar Energy – Photovoltaics
• Solar Energy – Thermal Systems
• Application of Solar Energy Technologies in Agricultural Value Chains
• Case Studies

Week 3
• Use of Bioenergy in Agricultural Value Chains
• Bioenergy Resources and Technologies
• Application in Agricultural Value Chains
• Case Studies

Week 4
• Energy Efficiency in the Energy-Agriculture Nexus
• Energy Audits
• Life-cycle Assessment
• Case Studies

The Economics of the Energy-Agriculture Nexus (week 5-7)

Week 5
• Macro-level: Policies and Regulations for the Energy-Agriculture Nexus
• Case Studies

Week 6
• Micro-level: Investment Planning
• Feasibility Analysis
• Cost-benefit Analysis
• Case Studies

Week 7
• Business Models for the Energy-Agriculture Nexus
• Grid-connected Projects
• Off-grid Projects
• Value chain integrated generation and supply

Implementation of the Energy-Agriculture Nexus (week 8)

Week 8
• Summary

Meet the Instructors

Ramchandra Bhandari
Ramchandra Bhandari

Ramchandra Bhandari
Professor for Renewable Energy Systems
TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences

We are proud to present Mr. Ramchandra Bhandari as the main course instructor. The professor for renewable energy at TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences, born in Nepal, has more than a decade of expertise in the field.


Stefania Bracco
Stefania Bracco

Stefania Bracco
Expert in Sustainable Investment in Agri-Food Value Chains
Climate, Energy and Tenure Division of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

Stefania Bracco, an expert in sustainable investment in agri-food value chains, works for the Energy team in the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division (NRC) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. She holds a PhD in Economics and she is Adjunct Professor of Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences at the University of Turin, Italy. Find out more about Stefania Bracco here.


Miguel Franco
Miguel Franco

Miguel Franco
Senior Environment Specialist
Powering Agriculture Task Support Order (PASTO) & Director at Tetra Tech (Bioenergy and Environment)

Miguel Franco is a Senior Environmental Specialist for the Powering Agriculture Task Support Order (PASTO), providing technical support on environmental compliance to innovators. Additionally, he serves the Indonesia Clean Energy Development (ICED) as a Senior Bioenergy Specialist, giving technical assistance during the planning, design, and implementation stages of various projects that use wastewaters from the palm oil industry to produce biogas. Miguel Franco holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering and a MSE in Environmental Engineering and Chemistry. Find out more about Miguel Franco here.


Alisher Mirzabaev
Alisher Mirzabaev

Alisher Mirzabaev
Senior Researcher
Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn

Alisher Mirzabaev is a senior researcher at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn. His research interests include economics of land degradation, Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus, climate change, bioenergy and bioeconomy. Mr. Mirzabaev holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Bonn. Find out more about Alisher Mirzabaev here.


Katie Kennedy Freeman
Katie Kennedy Freeman

Katie Kennedy Freeman
Agriculture Economist
The World Bank’s Global Food and Agriculture Global Practice (GFADR)

Katie Kennedy Freeman works with the World Bank’s Global Food and Agriculture Global Practice (GFADR) as an Agriculture Economist focused on the areas of agriculture risk, agriculture and ICT, and the intersection of agriculture and energy.  Currently she works on these areas specifically in Latin America leading “Energizing Agriculture” work together with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to develop assessment tools around the use of energy in agriculture.  She also has extensive experience in improved biomass cookstoves and charcoal supply chains.  Before coming to the World Bank in 2012, she worked at the Earth Institute at Columbia University implementing research programs on biomass cookstoves and energy for agriculture.  


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    Welcome Sir,
    I am grateful to see you on dashboard…

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    hope to tap from you and serve humanity with the knowledge and the ideas learn from you.

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    Welcome Sir, glad to meet you and waiting for three commencement.

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    Hello everyone. Looking forth to an interactive and productive eight weeks. Excited!

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    Looking forward to a fruitful 8 weeks.

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  6. Profile photo of Gladis Maritza Calderón Ysmodes

    Great Opportunity to lern more about Sustanaible energy for Agriculture and Innovatives Ideas!

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    Hello everyone. Looking forward to the great networking and learning during this course.

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      Hello and welcome to the course Azizat! Please consider filling out your personal profile – It helps other participants, especially the ones that share your interests to find you. It’s great for networking and facilitates a productive team building process.

  8. Profile photo of Vegaswarasti Kumala

    Hi, I’m Vega (Advisor at Least Cost Renewables, GIZ Energy Programme Indonesia). Looking forward to share knowledge and experiences on the utilisation of RE within agricultural sector.

  9. Profile photo of Gaudence Swai

    HI all, am glad to be a participant in these course

  10. Profile photo of Gaudence Swai

    wow,happy to have these professional instructors

  11. Profile photo of Mr. Anthony Madume

    Dear Tutors,

    May I seize this opportunity to welcome you the Organisers of this MOOC entitled ‘Powering Agriculture – Sustainable Energy For Food’. I very much appreciate the effort and planning time you all put into getting this course ready and to thank you for taking me / us on this fascinating and knowledge discovery journey. Personally, I know I will be much better informed at the end of this experience. Thank you once again.

  12. Profile photo of Fidele Biganiro

    Dear all,
    I am indebted to appreciate this great opportunity to meet new people in all world corners and share experience as well as earn knowledge. we look forward to harvest alot as we step up for week 2. Thank you.

  13. Profile photo of Obiakor Ikechukwu Benjamin

    I am excited about this opportunity already. Than you.

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    I am excited about this opportunity. Thank you.

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    I look forward to learn more on Powering Agriculture.

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    Hello all. If I understand correctly we will tackle technical and economic aspects of energy. Ag food nexus. Hope that we also will deal with social cultural aspects and adoption issues. A small percentage of smallholder farrmers will be early adopters and entrpreneurial enough to lead innovation. How to scale?? Technical Market barriers are not the only aspects to deal with in improving smallholder technology adoption and other systemic barriers have to be tackled. So how to move from pilots to ….. mainstream. This wil be important to get critical mass and transformational change @ scale.

    Wish all participants and lecturers fruitfull interaction and mutual learning!

  17. Profile photo of Dilip Goolab Morar

    Just read through some of the work experience and academic qualification of lecturers for this PowerAG course and well sure that all participants will learn a tremendous lot from their lessons.

  18. Profile photo of Ngombo Kalimbwe

    Submitted the assignment but there is a red box “remove submission ” is it how it should be or am doing something wrong?

  19. Profile photo of Abdulmutalib Yussuff

    Looking forward to the module on economics and investment planning.

  20. Profile photo of Johnson Mwaiteleke

    hi! may you be blessed on your time for making us better world.

  21. Profile photo of Timothy Kioko Mutua

    Greetings to you all our esteemed tutors.
    I congratulate you for good work that you are doing to MOOC participants. My interest is in the field of environment and am looking forward to be a successful leader in environmental field.
    I would wish to know if there is any kind of scholarship that can assist one to achieve his/her dream.

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    thank you for the good work you are in environment field and i would like to get more knowledge in renewable energy technology so that we can help reduce climate change.

  23. Profile photo of edwin omala omengo

    congratulations professor Ramchandra Bhandari for the good work

  24. Profile photo of Arogundade Mutairu

    This is a nice one, i am very happy to be here

  25. Profile photo of RONALD MARUMBI

    Great learning from great instructors

  26. Profile photo of Rachel Redman

    Gm this course has been very informative I have learned a lot as long as we educate others and put into practice what we have learnt and come together as one we will make a difference thank you for allowing me this opportunity to learn more and a chance to change for a better tomorrow

  27. Profile photo of Rachel Redman

    Nice to meet you all thank you for this opportunity

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    Although I have pending tasks, I am very happy with my course because I learned a lot, Thanks for tutors

  29. Profile photo of Kenneth Amas

    Well presented so far. excellent work…

  30. Profile photo of Abdulkadir Hassan

    The course is very flexible, all pending tasks could easily be accomplished conveniently. However, take note of deadlines as the course ends March 27

  31. Profile photo of winfred lusige

    Hi MOOC fraternity ! Glad to be part of this team. Knowledge is dynamic and being in the Renewable Energy field am learning a lot from the videos, materials given and everything. I get to use the additional materials for clients, the community as well as for personal growth. Thanks alot

  32. Profile photo of Timothy Kioko Mutua

    Thank you our dear tutors.
    Am proud of your great work.

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    Thank you a lot for your efforts and the great material provided

  34. Profile photo of Isiaka Jimoh

    Sorry Am unable to be part of this great class of intellectuals. is there any hope of repeat of this program

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