Additional Material | Week 1

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If you are interested in reading more about the Energy-Agriculture Nexus we recommend the following material:

Opportunities for agri-food chains to become energy-smart. FAO and PAEGC (Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development)
This study aims to provide detailed data on the energy requirements, and possible clean-energy solutions, along three agricultural value chains – milk/dairy, rice and vegetables - to support the design of a development framework that increases the productivity and value generated in rural Areas.

Sustainable energy for food – Challenges and solutions for sustainable energy use in the agriculture and food industry. Proceedings of the symposium „Sustainable Energy for Food” by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the German Development Institute (DIE) in June 2014, Bonn.

Wiki Portal “Powering Agriculture” on Energypedia. The portal aims to provide an overview of information related to clean energy technologies as well as increased energy efficiency to enhance agricultural production and value.

Modern Energy Services for Modern Agriculture – A Review of Smallholder Farming in Developing Countries. GIZ, 2011.

Growing Power: Exploring energy needs in smallholder agriculture. The publication is by Sarah Best, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) from 2014, analyses the ‘productive uses’ of energy.

“Energy-smart” food for people and climate (Issue Paper) and Policy Brief: The Case for Energy-Smart Food. FAO, 2011.

Walking the Nexus Talk: Assessing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Context of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative. FAO, 2014.

Agricultural Mechanization in Africa. Time for Action: Planning Investment for enhanced agricultural productivity. FAO/UNIDO, 2008.

Renewable Energy in the Water, Energy & Food Nexus. IRENA, 2015.

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Potential of Basic Energy Services (Discussion Paper). Perspectives Climate Change, 2015


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  1. Profile photo of Marachie HABANABASHAKA

    This materials are crusials for opening the agriculture world for us. Great!

  2. Profile photo of Matias Bertola

    Thank you very much for the extra info, giving us an opportunity to expand on areas more related to us,
    unfortunately the following links don’t seem to work (“Energy-smart” food for people and climate (Issue Paper) and Policy Brief: The Case for Energy-Smart Food. FAO, 2011.)

  3. Profile photo of George Mbaka Ebechue

    The materials are indeed good for in-depth understanding of energy and agriculture

  4. Profile photo of Joshua Eddings

    Finally, some meat-, er, vegetable protein to the course. Two thoughts I hope I see unfolded here – What type of Rebound effect does replacement of fossil fuel on transportation have on agriculture? Will more petrochemicals be available for fertilizers? Will the cost of fertilizers go up or down? Also, fertilizers and insecticides have strong impact on water quality – . Looking forward to seeing how that is balanced in the equations. Also, the opportunities / problems with genetically modify plants. I know this all has strong economic impact on farmers, especially small farmers.

    • Profile photo of Andrew Bonneau

      I too am interested what material this course will touch on in regards to GMO crops. There certainly are problems with how the technology is implemented (and who controls it) but nonetheless there are also some exciting developmemts that could help solve some of the looming issues presented during this first week. It was mentioned that flooding rice fields leads to 1/3 of all agriculture related methane emissions. There is a GMO crop under trial right now that drastically reduces methane emissions while increasing yield. Exciting stuff for sure.

      • Profile photo of Ian Cole

        Also, don’t forget that there is opportunity to include RE technologies in the Biotech areas for plant tissue culture and plant cloning techniques. The production phases of these plants which have so much benefits use a lot of energy to the point where they are not costly to produce and this creates a barrier for farmers to access these plants. These plants are not necessarily GMO but are disease free. I very interested in this area so if there are comments out there let them role!

  5. Profile photo of Dada Emmanuel Olanrewaju

    Very informative materials, good study of which would broadens one’s knowledge on issues of sustainable Agriculture.

  6. Profile photo of Innocent SIMPUNGA

    good materials for reading, thanks once again

  7. Profile photo of Innocent SIMPUNGA

    This material fit well with my deep expectation from MOOC
    thanks again

  8. Profile photo of suh neba

    i can not access the first course ,can somebody help me ?

    • Profile photo of PoweringAg

      Hello Suh Neba,
      in order to access the different parts of Lesson 1 | Week 1 you will have to mark each preceding one as completed.
      So, in order to the Additional Material you will have to mark the following sections of Week 1 as complete:
      - Introduction | Week 1
      - Videos | Week 1
      - Reader 1 | Week 1
      This is how you can mark a section as complete: On the bottom of each page you have to click on the button “mark complete”. You will have to repeat this for all the sections named above. Please let us know if the problem persists. Enjoy!

      Jan Heinrich

  9. Profile photo of REVOCATUS VALERY KIMARIO

    The course materials are very enriching and much helpful to me and to the organization, will use the reading to fit our objectives and provide to our students and graduate farmers

  10. Profile photo of Nellisa Samichand

    Modern agriculture needs modern energy – the two are closely linked.

    Energy demand can be reduced in all agricultural processes where energy is used, by appropriate technology changes, as well as by improved management and operations
    I totally agree with this.

    But for developing country like Guyana, agriculture is the dominant sector in developing the economy but lack of technology is what is hindering our progress. Sad!
    Energy input to modern and sustainable agricultural production and processing systems is a key factor in moving beyond subsistence farming around the world in achieving food security, added value in rural areas and expansion into new and diversified markets. This will eventually increase the GDP of our country.I hope with the go green initiative we will start to more efficiently utilized our energy resources.

  11. Profile photo of Manuel Alejandro Sánchez Olvera

    These links have great info about the information I was hoping to get from this course! Thanks for all your effort!

  12. Profile photo of Jill Dana Mugisa

    Enjoyed reading the material… this is an eye opener to help us save the environment on behalf of especially our small holder farmers who actually do not have the opportunity to join such platforms!!!

  13. Profile photo of Fidel Emilio Joao

    I am from Mozambique, in my country 70% of the population lives in rural area and 95% of them are smallholder farmers. I found the material about Modern Energy Services for Modern Agriculture focused on smallholder farmers in developing countries very important due to its famer segmentation.

  14. Profile photo of Phillip Goredema

    I enjoyed reading the material, the statistics are amazing. made me think of the excessive energy our processors are using to process horticulture products in Zimbabwe. Gains in energy would certainly raise producer prices and farmer incomes. Energy constrains in pumped water irrigation schemes are also causing challenges in productivity.

  15. Profile photo of Fernando Casillas Bernal

    I was wondering if any of the content/discussions that we will have in the upcoming weeks will somehow find their way to the Energypedia site. Is there any kind of structure or plan to do this?


  16. Profile photo of Aparna Gupta

    After going through the videos and Chapter one, I feel this course so far is very student friendly. I didn’t find any complex terms or abbreviations that might make it tough for me to understand this course. So far it has been fun-learning course and I hope it remains simple in its language in the coming weeks as well.

  17. Profile photo of Sarah M. Edelman

    I don’t know where to start on the additional material. The ‘Opportunities…’ (first link) is very intense and will need some time.
    I look forward to them!

  18. Profile photo of Marcos Algara-Siller

    I’m thinking that too much emphasis on energy for food leads us apart from the “less energy” for food issue. I mean about urban gardens that need very little energy from production-stomach chain. More if rainfall harvesting is introduced. Then probably a good percentage of daily intake could be just marked off the worries of all. I don’t say only for individual housing, which becomes complicated on different household settings and low income houses and urban way of life. It can be done through small nodes of urban farms.

    We have in Mexico a green land area for every housing development. They are, most of the time, designed for the advantage of the developers and leaving the area on a very poor setting. But, aside corruption, a well planned green area on a social housing neighborhood would open a local market food business model based on a very low energy food production system, a just local economy and, well designed (composting and such), a very efficient soil solution.

    We have a project in our university. We are working on measuring results of our urban farms on campuses maintained by students for 3 years now. I guess we could develop a 15% production model for our daily calories supply. We are also doing it on a public low income school right now: rainfall harvesting, farm, irrigation, composting and greenhouse, plus PV’s and gray water treatment for irrigation. The school is closed on the afternoons and becomes perfect for community work and a local economy without the pressure of expanding land. It is a good example of correct urban planning (post developed of course) using the same infrastructure for various productive activities. Well, my first idea developed into a long post… Cheers.

  19. Profile photo of Richmond Narh Tetteh

    Well from the look of things, sustainability in agriculture is complex and dynamic for each condition encountered. Developing solutions for sustainability must include these dynamics and must be solution specific.

  20. Profile photo of Mr. Anthony Madume

    An excellent course backed with insightful, informative and well arranged materials. I sincerely enjoyed the Chapter ! reading material, and it broaden my horizon in the subject matter at hand. The information in the recommended reading material will also be useful as I/we progress on this course. Personally, I have amazed by the level of input / hardwork that farmers undertake before a produce reaches the retail stores and/or marketplace. With many crops and/or produce today for human consumption, it is no wonder that there are many gases and carbon foot-prints in the atmosphere, especially coming from – eg methane from rice, maize, etc. We see that the fertilizers which the farmers use also carry some gases. Against these background (factors), the goal of the is to produce enough to cope with and sustain the increasing population. That is a goal we all must continue to strive for if we have to eradicate hunger, food insecurity, mal-nutrition, and therefor a healthy population and workforce. Evidence shows that – The World Bank, The UN, FAO have certainly been doing the best for decades now, but world population continues to increase, even with the introduction of organic foods. Clearly, we shall not give up now. Thanks goodness for the Climate Change agreement reached in Paris in 2015. So, there is HOPE!

    • Profile photo of Ian Cole

      Lets not place too much hope in that just yet. The eating is in the pudding as the saying goes. I prefer to see how the developed countries set the example. Lets see the results. Are we going to see just a set of initiatives to poorer countries which don’t ever trickle down to the farmer? I think there is a strong possibility of this happening. Developed countries rarely ever care about anything other than their own agendas.

  21. Profile photo of Claudia Johanna Raschke

    Thanks for the additional material! This really helps to put the energy-agriculture nexus into perspective. I am looking forward to the next chapters!

  22. Profile photo of Margalida Ortega Adrover

    Some of these look really interesting. Looking forward to reading the article by IRENA.

  23. Profile photo of Dr. Joseph Walusimbi

    A good introduction. Looking forward to digging deeper in the next chapters.

  24. Profile photo of Abdulmutalib Yussuff

    Thank you for the rich resources for further reading

  25. Profile photo of chukwuma ukpai

    amazing materials indeed,i will study them thoroughly.

  26. Profile photo of Ivan Rodriguez Garcia

    I’ll reading this addditional material.

  27. Profile photo of Tsitsi Thelma ZIyambi

    the material is of great help, very enlightening. I am beginning to have a different understanding on the energy-agriculture nexus. looking forward to the next chapters.

  28. Profile photo of Zowulu Seepo

    My gracious. These materials are very useful as eye opener. It has began adding value to my profession.

  29. Profile photo of Sadiq Abubakar, Garuba

    Great materials, so many insightful notes.

  30. Profile photo of Okechukwu Oji

    Very interesting and helpful materials. As a food scientist, I have come to appreciate the importance of food processing and preservation. I feel sad and firedup just realizing the level of global Post-harvest losses and its implication.

  31. Profile photo of MADONNA  AFIBA DOLPHYNE

    very informative and a good start to the course

  32. Profile photo of JACQUELINE ABBO

    I read some of the material in week 2… No regrets. Thanks “Powering Agriculture”

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