Week 2: Renewable Energies


During Week One we clearly felt your energy, enthusiasm and excitement about sustainability within the Energy-Agriculture Nexus.

Today we dive into the second course week. But first we want to take a moment to applaud the many of you that earned the Week 1 Badge and those of you whose commitment in the MOOC community is reflected in the presentation of several community badges.

Your commitment is truly inspiring – keep it up! 

This week’s mandatory reading is an exciting introduction to renewable energy resources and technologies. The material provides a guide to understand the basics for working with renewable energy technologies. This week’s unit also incorporates a written assignment and a mandatory peer-review. We ask that you develop the assignment in teams of 10 people. If you haven’t joined a team yet please do so by going to COMMUNITY/TEAMS. You can join one of the many teams that were created over the last days. Even better: You can create a new team and invite other participants that share your interests.

Please be advised that the most productive work delivered by “digital teams” is observed within teams of ten or less members. If your team encompasses more then ten members – please consider splitting up your team into smaller work groups in order to ensure productive workflows and to optimize your team’s submission for Assignment One. Upon submission of Assignment One you can of course re-group.

Shortly we will provide you with detailed information on how to submit Assignment One and how to conduct the peer review during the third course week.

As in week one you can put your knowledge to the test with this week’s Quiz and earn the Week Two Badge!


Along with the regular course material this week also features an Expert Video. The Video features Katie Kennedy Freeman. Katie works with the World Bank’s Global Food and Agriculture Global Practice (GFADR) as an Agriculture Economist. She focuses on the areas of agriculture risk, agriculture and ICT, as well as the intersection of agriculture and energy.

Watch Katie outline her perspective on the challenges of the Energy-Agriculture Nexus and learn about the World Bank’s approaches to support an enabling environment for clean energy solutions for agriculture – such as public private partnerships, microfinance and rural credit, investment lending, or tools to support knowledge generation.  


If you have any questions about this week’s assignment, the Quiz or if you simply want to make sure that you’re on the right track – just send us a message! You can send messages through our PoweringAg User-Profile; direct a post at @poweringag; or check out our Help-Stream in the Forum.





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    • Profile photo of ustun nevim

      since 13:55, I have been looking for the article which is telling that grass releases the carbon the soil needs so we do not need to carbon in the atmosphere ,as nature is perfect mechanism, which we should read to learn than dictating it what we want or reading it wrong …. climate change is the result , which is again wrong reading due to dictation , the correct one : let us respect the nature ,can we ??
      anyway,If any one finds such article, I need it …………………………………….

  1. Profile photo of Emma Emeozor

    From Week One Course (Introduction) to Katie Kennedy Freeman video and now Week Two Course: Challenges, Challenges and Challenges. The challenges that are unfolding are multidimensional. For example, the issue of Climate Change and the lack of concrete action by national leaders due to the problem of ‘Vested Interest’ readily comes to mind. The role of national leaders and (policy makers) must be emphasised throughout this course. This is to say both the organizers and the participants must be encouraged to embark on advocacy movement to highlight the advantages of Renewable Energy over Non-Renewable Energy, particularly if we must save the EARTH for future generation. So, it is not just about agriculture and energy only.

    • Profile photo of Kelly  Kraemer

      Good point highlighting the need for changes in public policy and perception. The need to look further than what has the most “bang for the buck” at the present moment.

      • Profile photo of Abdulkadir Hassan

        At the recently concluded COP21 in Paris the WB, UN Agencies and other parties have expressed commitment to scale up support facilities. A decision was also taken to increase quantum of support developing countries are getting from advanced countries so to effectively address the challenge of climate change. Agriculture and energy are the key sectors

  2. Profile photo of Joseph Kirule

    This is a great discussion from Katie.
    The lack of communication/collaboration between agricultural and energy experts, line ministries, Donar agencies and field project has been a great barrier. Opening up this exchange is going to cause a breakthrough along the Energy-Agriculture nexus, and I am convinced that this MOOC is one great step in the right direction. We need to bring it home in the field where we work. Very fine interview.

  3. Profile photo of soojin kim

    Thank you for the great overview. I remember her talking about FAO-WB joint project on energizing agriculture in latin america. How can I find more information on the project? I’m very interested in learning more about it. Thanks!

  4. Profile photo of Mr. Anthony Madume

    It is important to mention that this Week 2 video by Katie Kennedy-Freeman was very insightful, informative and useful indeed. As an Agricultural Economist, I believe, Katie gave a excellent presentation and summary of what we should be expecting, the Energy-Agriculture Nexus, the use and importance of renewable technologies in agriculture, the World Bank’s effort to work in collaboration with country Governments, Ministries and farmers on projects that promote agriculture, the subsidies provided to farmers to purchase new technologies to help them with farming (increase agriculture productivity), reduce cost of production, reduce GHG, various initiatives that support small scale farmers with finance (eg Latin America & Africa) to purchase new technologies (getting rid of inefficient types of energy), etc. Similarly, Katie spoke about the impact that Rural Electrification has on Agriculture, etc. A well made video. I sincerely hope the World Bank would continue to help push the Energy-Agriculture Nexus and use of renewable Technologies on Agriculture productivity, plus the climatic factors, etc. That said, I hope the Climate Change conference in Paris (2015) and agreement would be sustained for the long haul.

    Anthony Madume

    • Profile photo of Abdulkadir Hassan

      At the recently concluded COP21 in Paris the WB, UN Agencies and other parties have expressed commitment to scale up support facilities. A decision was also taken to increase quantum of support developing countries are getting from advanced countries so to effectively address the challenge of climate change. Agriculture and energy are the key sectors

  5. Profile photo of Debele Debela

    The materials provided for week 2 are wonderful. The power equation for hydro power is given reader 2 (page # 13). What is the unit of power? Is it W?

  6. Profile photo of Claire Stam

    On page 12, Reader (introduction to energy resources and technology), it is said that the FAO provides an inventory of PV application. Do you have a link by any chance ? Thanks

  7. Profile photo of Jonathan Alegeh

    This is quite informative and educative at the same time. I find all the materials very useful

  8. Profile photo of Obiakor Ikechukwu Benjamin

    In as much I find it very interesting to hear all these support and innovation by the world bank in the African continent. What is strange about all this is that you can find the impacts – both policy side & financing – directly on the local farmers who are on the field. I’ll want suggestions on how to manage this gap. Thanks

    • Profile photo of Abdulkadir Hassan

      First thing let awareness be created, then political will. There are so many facilities available for developing countries but Africa doesn’t enjoy much. For as at 2013 over $2 15b was disbursed to developing countries based on climate change mitigation projects. Africa got less than 5%. Let’s all join in advocacy so that we can reverse this

  9. Profile photo of Abdulkadir Hassan

    This week has been very interactive and interesting. I have learnt a lot from my colleagues

  10. Profile photo of Kamal M. Ibrahim

    Please #Admin #Week2 should recheck the spelling of ‘technology’ in the week introductory heading.
    Thanks for the support so far.

  11. Profile photo of SAMUEL G. LADEJOLA-OGINNI

    Hmmm… This is interesting and educative. However, we are yet to understand how SME can assess the world Bank Loan.

  12. Profile photo of Charlotte Newiadomsky

    I love the given material, the assignments and the videos and I’m eager to learn a lot more!

  13. Profile photo of Obiakor Ikechukwu Benjamin

    Ok, I must admit a lot of stuffs here are new to me especially the myriads of usage solar energy can be deployed for but there’s a major challenge(s) in my country, Nigeria.

    These technology is very very expensive to deploy to farmers, initial cost of deployment.

    Where they were claimed to be deployed are either damaged, non-existence or are a source of “monument’ for the state or the government that installed it because they are never used.

    So, my approach are these;

    1. Private-Public partnership needs to be established to mediate between the financials, technical company and the farmers for this technology to be deployed by the farmers where all parties can enjoy the benefits.

    2. The RE resource will be managed by the PPP mediator and technical partners (maintenance issues) to ensure work-ability and collection of fees for use.

    3. RE Equipment should be installed proximal to where it will used and leased out to the farmers or be in care of the farmers cooperative.

    I must say we need these technologies deployed in Nigeria, fast. The amount of waste encountered by farmers is horrible.

    I deeply appreciate this training. Thank you

  14. Profile photo of Phillip Goredema

    the quiz was quite an eye opener especially on the practical calculations of energy yield and the comparison of two household tech requirements under different locations. It really simplified the practical application of the concepts for me.

  15. Profile photo of Muhumuza Albert

    Actually this is an appeal to all the members of the teams we we collaborate in the assignment it a group work ,therefore we need to play our vital roles as a team not leaving work load to one or two people or the admin ,Thanks

  16. Profile photo of Lumies Bashir

    it is an interesting week with informative content. Thanks MOOC!

  17. Profile photo of Aline Ramos de Sousa

    It is good to know that World Bank’s projects are focused on places considered priorities such as Africa and Latin America. Thanks!

  18. Profile photo of Claudia Johanna Raschke

    Very informative and interesting material! Looking Forward to lesson three.

  19. Profile photo of Victor K. Noubibou

    It’s very impressive to know that the power from wind is proportional the cube of wind speed and turbine size. Look forward to the next Quiz.

  20. Profile photo of Innocent Azih

    The readings for this week has a lot of information and technical details that make for understanding of the connect between agriculture and energy. The expose on calculating irrigation resource provision and energy systems is very exciting.

  21. Profile photo of Kiprono Shadrack

    Very informative Reader. However, apart from tidal, geothermal and solar energy, the earth also provide us with wind and biomass energy. In this reader, wind and biomass energy have been placed under solar energy, which scientifically, is a fact. This way, the two might easily be forgotten.

  22. Profile photo of Yacinta Esti Wulan Wahyu Jati

    Katie’s point of messages: Adoption of energy to agriculture (e.g. solar use for irrigation or solar milling) and agriculture to energy (e.g. rice husk or pome for electricity) at the field level will require transfer of information and raising awareness on the benefits and its cost. To create project implementation with sustainable impact, national government must create enabling environment such as policy and investment (e.g. PPP) as well as financing and market mechanism for technologies access/application by small scale producers/agribusiness.

  23. Profile photo of Muhumuza Albert

    Hello every one , please members vote for me by leaving comment or alike on this link http://blog.gfar.net/2016/02/20/yap-proposal-5-pig-feed-production-muhumuza-albert-uganda thank you

  24. Profile photo of Kenneth Amas

    Submitting your Assignment

    Now that you and your Team completed the Assignment you will have to submit the final document.

    IMPORTANT: EVERY Team-Member that contributed to the assignment has to submit the final document INDIVIDUALLY!

    This is how EACH TEAMMEMBER submits the Assignment:
    Please go to the Course > Week 2 > Assignment 1 page. At the end of the page you will find a list with all documents from your team or teams in a “Dropdown-Menu”. Please choose ONE and click on SUBMIT. Once submitted, your submission’s status will read “PENDING”. This status will remain PENDING for well over a week. During this time a team of experts along with your fellow participants will review and comment on your work.

  25. Profile photo of Macben Makenzi

    Very interesting and informative content on week two materials.

  26. Profile photo of Akinkunmi Matanmi

    I am quite impressed with the level of information contained in the materials.

  27. Profile photo of JACQUELINE ABBO

    Thanks “Powering Agriculture” for the lecture.

  28. Profile photo of Kehinde Stephen Awoyele

    Powering Agriculture has given a detailed overview of RE-Resources and technology. The short presentation by Katie dealt with Energy challenges in Agriculture vis-a-vis the technology scale at Global, National and Farmers levels. Financing issues of Energy in Agriculture was well tackeled

  29. Profile photo of Adek N Djohar

    Thank you very much, though bit late to start following the lectures, in this part I understand now about RE-system for Agriculture implementation & how to calculate the power….

  30. Profile photo of Innocent Azih

    This is a new area that requires global attention if agricultural productivity will grow to scale and reduction in GHG emissions sustainably achieved. Agriculture is energy-intensive user, and technologies to increase its capacity to efficiently apply energy will enable the attainment of global goals in renewable energy and food and nutrition security. Thanks to Katie

  31. Profile photo of Dismas Angura Odula

    It is quite exciting to know the difference between energy efficiency and energy intensity in relation to Agricultural production processes.

  32. Profile photo of julia wolky

    Katie points out not only the challenges of the agriculture energy nexus but also the multidimensional opportunities that exist within these two fields. From RTD to investments and the importance of fostering public private partnerships this will clearly be a chance for international cooperation.

  33. Profile photo of Judith Ephraim

    The assignment is certainly a worthwhile exercise to test the learning.

  34. Profile photo of Ian Cole

    learning so much !This week will help me to make better decision in regards to RE use on my farm.

  35. Profile photo of Ifedayo Adeoba

    This is very good. Clear and quite easy to understand

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