Week 5: Policies and Regulations

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Week 5 of Powering Agriculture – Sustainable Energy for Food!

So far we learned about

  • Basics of the Energy-Agriculture Nexus
  • Energy Resources and Technologies in general and Solar Energy Technologies in particular
  • Bioenergy Resources and Technologies, as well as Biogas Utilization Options for Agriculture
  • Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Use in Agricultural Value Chains

Following the technological inputs, this week marks the beginning of the economic sessions of our MOOC. We start with really interesting knowledge on policies and regulations for the Energy-Agriculture Nexus – provided by Alisher Mirzabaev from the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn.

This week’s Reader presents an insightful overview on the topic and includes tons of interesting links to videos, websites, articles, and other resources. Make sure to check them out. Just click on any word written LIKE THIS within the Reader’s text and you will be redirected to exciting content. And don’t forget to have a look at this week’s video! It provides you with a consolidated introduction to policies and regulations for the Agriculture-Energy Nexus. Don’t forget the quiz: Try the questions and test your acquired knowledge!

You still have until Wednesday to complete the Peer Review. If you haven’t done so already: Make sure to read and review two of your fellow MOOC-Participants’ submissions of the Assignment here. Don’t forget that you will only receive the Assignment One Badge after we verified that you conducted two Peer-Reviews.

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Quiz 5


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  1. Profile photo of Sogo Mayokun Abolarin

    There is a need to embrace the circular economics of agricultural value web

  2. Profile photo of Phillip Goredema

    policy plays a critical role in adoption of these technologies. governments in the developed world should incentivise rather than tax people importing these new energy technologies. Regulation is also important as there is also an influx of cheap substandard solar PV products.

    • Profile photo of Rachel Redman

      The government is the people until we stand up as one and insist on what we want we will always pay for the man up top we have to show them the benefits of new energy technology and resources in the long run in order to obtain reduction on sum of these taxes

  3. Profile photo of Sadiq Abubakar, Garuba

    So much information about policies and regulations. From this I now know my country practices a linear economy which isn’t good and most policies on the agriculture – energy nexus needs to be updated or changed completely.

  4. Profile photo of Sonya Hossain Firoz

    This week’s topic is very interesting. Both lectures and reading materials were very informative. Quiz was also very good as it was neither too hard nor too easy.

  5. Profile photo of Sibel Raquel Ersoy

    How can a country know which policy instrument is the best to choose for promoting renewable energies? Which are the criteria exactly? I know that Brazil went from the feed-in-tariffs (e.g. biomass) to Net-Metering. I would like to know how is this decision taken?

  6. Profile photo of Debele Debela

    The quiz was well prepared, summarized the reader material and comprehensive. Concentrated reading is useful to answer.

  7. Profile photo of Kenneth Amas

    Linear economy has its advantages like what you find in some parts of Asia, Africa and south America but the target is to get to circular economy like in developed countries. High stability of energy is needed..Great week..

  8. Profile photo of Ambrose Ahimbisibwe

    slow internet connection almost cost me the eek 5 reader and additional reading materials! I became a victor over them however!

  9. Profile photo of Jamie Krovontka

    So glad I am finally getting caught up – a week of illness and I was suddenly two weeks+ behind! Thanks for all of these great materials and videos.

    • Profile photo of Jacqueline K. Boltz

      Me too, Jamie! It feels good to be ready for next week’s course.
      This week was very interesting – lots to consider when looking at the externalities of a circular economy, but so many opportunities for improving processes and finding ways to innovate.

  10. Profile photo of Gladis Maritza Calderón Ysmodes

    The topic of the week 5 is very interesting because economic policies and regulations of new technologies is essential in developing country to promote sustainable agriculture and green energy

  11. Profile photo of Rachel Redman

    I have to be honest I’m not computer friendly but this course has thought me so much . l understand more about green house gassess biomass, oh the power equations I never new I am having a learning frenzy

  12. Profile photo of Mr. Anthony Madume

    The content of Week 5 video is very informative and insightful indeed. I enjoyed the economics of the Agriculture-Energy Nexus, coupled with the various explanations to do – the Linear and Circular Economies, the role of government in terms of policy formulation and the implementation of regulations and ensure adequate compliance. Clearly policies and regulations are there for a purpose or reason, and whilst government and staff plays their part in enforcement, we as civil society citizens have our role to play to ensure policy effectiveness and achievement of desirable results. Like Phillip Goredema put it, governments must ensure that cheap and poor quality techn ologies (solar panels, etc) do not flood the market and also reduce import taxes so that solar PV and other technologies will be affordable to the citizens or those who need them for domestic energy use and agricultural use eg Irrigation systems, etc

    Good stauff.

    Anthony Madume

  13. Profile photo of Naeem Mawji

    Finally caught up! Week 5 locked in!

  14. Profile photo of kwame ofori

    Sustainable Energy for Food- week 5.

  15. Profile photo of Abdulkadir Hassan

    Regulatory and policy issues are among the major hindrances for adoption of clean energy technologies, week 5 video lecture would surely help us in advocating for friendly policies and effective regulations in our respective countries

  16. Profile photo of Macben Makenzi

    Interesting introduction to the world of economics and policy with regards to energy and agriculture

  17. Profile photo of Dismas Angura Odula

    Policies and regulations should be flexible enough and favour small scale renewable enterprises for any economy to realise accelerated penetration of RE agenda to tits populace. Restrictive and discriminative policies particularly by the financers of green energy can undoubtedly contribute to the demise of innovative RE technologies that are crucial for sustainable development.

  18. Profile photo of Olusegun Laiyenfe

    Each week comes with something new to learn.

  19. Profile photo of Shahbina Labib

    Dear Concern,

    I have given the quiz of week -5 and week-6 and still week-5,6 are not green though the quizzes show green. Can you please let me know the reason why these are not green?

    Thanks & best regards,

    Shahbina Nahid Labib

  20. Profile photo of Cristina Mergner

    I liked this lesson! The economic insight is something that I am not used to.

  21. Profile photo of Michael Gbenro-Dada

    The questions teaches how to answers accurately

  22. Profile photo of Asaah Ndambi

    Economics is so important for project selection

  23. Profile photo of Wendy Simons

    The concepts of a circular economy in agriculture are so important, yet so difficult to achieve when fossil fuels are cheap and other raw materials are also cheap and abundant in many countries. Using the by-products of biogas and gasification for fertilizer would solve so many problems with water quality in my country, and other places as well, I’m sure, which would have beneficial health effects for people and animals.

  24. Profile photo of Ifedayo Adeoba

    I have been able to learn more about economics.

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