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PAEGC MOOC 2016: Powering Agriculture – Sustainable Energy for Food

Please note: The MOOC ran from Feb 1st to Mar 27th, 2016. The materials will stay online – certificates cannot be earned anymore, the deadlines passed. If you have futher questions please contact us at PoweringAg-MOOC@giz.de.

This MOOC was offered by the global initiative “Powering Agriculture – An Energy Grand Challenge for Development” (PAEGC) in cooperation with TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences. It dealt with the key quesitons of how we can produce more food while using less energy, how agriculture can become energy-smart, and how energy technologies can provide efficient and sustainable power to agricultural processes.

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About the Course

The MOOC was a web-based intensive course with flexible participation, online-video as well as offline reading material, and an online forum. It was offered on the Global Campus 21® platform of GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH), with all learning materials and documents available for offline work. The aim was to build a vibrant learning community focused on co-creating solutions.

While the course officially ended, the materials will stay accessible on this platform.

The MOOC material gives an introduction to the Energy-Agriculture Nexus and introduces approaches for sustainably providing energy throughout all stages of agricultural value chains – focusing on a developing and emerging country context.

The central concerns are: How can we support the use of clean energy in developing countries and emerging economies within the agriculture and food sector? How can we contribute to reducing the large quantities of agricultural products going to waste every day, and thereby contributing to food security, both globally and locally?

It Looks at different clean energy technologies such as biogas- and solar-powered Technologies, and examines how those can promote access to clean energy. Potential applications of these technologies in agricultural value chains will be presented, also with the help of case studies from all over the globe.

You will learn that – while there is general consent on the importance of ‘clean energy’ and food security – approaches to tackle existing challenges vary enormously. Economic and political factors play a big role within the Energy-Agriculture Nexus, and may either push or restrain progress towards a more sustainable energy use.

Duration and Workload

Please note: The MOOC has officially finished March 27th, 2016. The materials will stay online – certificates cannot be earned anymore, the deadlines passed.

The total course duration was 8 weeks (February 1st to March 27th 2016,) with a minimum of 3-4 hours a week for reading course materials and collaborative online work.

Requirements

Please note: The MOOC has officially finished March 27th, 2016. The materials will stay online – certificates cannot be earned anymore, the deadlines passed.

There are no participant prerequisites beyond interest in the topic. Participants can be located anywhere, work in any sector, and have any background.

Certificates

Please note: The MOOC has officially finished March 27th, 2016. The materials will stay online – certificates cannot be earned anymore, the deadlines passed.

All participants who have successfully completed the course requirements were awarded with a personalized certificate upon the end of the course, issued by the PAEGC initiative and TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences.

The Global Initiative PAEGC and its Partners

Powering Agriculture – An Energy Grand Challenge (PAEGC)
PAEGC seeks to identify and support new and sustainable approaches to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy solutions for increasing agriculture productivity and/or value in developing countries. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Duke Energy, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) have combined resources to fund Powering Agriculture. GIZ supports the initiative on behalf of BMZ.  www.poweringag.org

TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences

TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences sees itself as University of Technology, Arts, Sciences. With its disciplinary and cultural diversity and openness, TH Köln’s activities are aimed on cultural and technological breakthroughs of high societal relevance; TH Köln contributes substantially to resolving social challenges. https://www.th-koeln.de/en/

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