Introduction to Week 6

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Hello everybody,

First of all, thumbs up for all of you who participated in Assignment ONE and in the Peer Reviewing. You all did a great job! Thanks to you we learned a lot about potential for solar powered irrigation systems in many different locations ranging from Cambodia to Guyana, from the Sahel Region to India, crossing West and East Africa as well as Southern and Northern Europe – truly global!

But let’s start Week 6 of the Powering Ag MOOC…

…in this week we will continue the economic session talking about ‘Energy and Agriculture on the Micro Level’. In the Video, our lecturer this week – Stefania Bracco – an expert in Energy-Smart Agri-Food Chains working for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), introduces you to the importance of different scales of agri-food enterprises. You will learn about the differences in energy inputs and the potential to incorporate renewables for a subsistence level-farm than – let’s say – for large corporate businesses. Learn also about investment planning and tools for techno-economic analysis of energy projects in agricultural value chains.

The Reader provides more details on how to perform a micro assessment of investments in renewable energy, covering tools such as financial and economic Cost-Benefit Analyses. Having checked out the video and the reader you will be well equipped for the weekly Quiz!

Just like in the other weeks more details can be found in the Additional Material’.

Enjoy this week!


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  1. Profile photo of Innocent Azih

    Good to go. The application of Cost-Benefit Analysis to the interface activity of energy-agriculture nexus will be interesting.

  2. Profile photo of Abdulmutalib Yussuff

    Interesting to follow up on the energy investment chapter.

  3. Profile photo of Charles Dakoua Diarra

    Good introduction. The more we advance, the more interesting is the course.

  4. Profile photo of Rachel Redman

    Gn RudderRudder this weeks video by stefania should answer the you ask in the forum when she talks about agrifood enterprise or close to it

  5. Profile photo of Manasseh B. Shitta

    This is the long awaited and the most important aspect of this course.

  6. Profile photo of Abdulkadir Hassan

    The course is becoming more interesting. We’re now more informed on energy access at micro level. I’m in better position to support grassroots farmers and locals in our rural communities

  7. Profile photo of Charles Dakoua Diarra

    Really interesting and the feeling to have acquired and reinforced the knowledge.

  8. Profile photo of Michael Gbenro-Dada

    Many thanks to the organizer who made it possible for people like us to learn and answer at our own pace

  9. Profile photo of Daria Mukhortova

    Very useful focus of the week! Well-thought content

  10. Profile photo of Katherinne Benavides Cortes

    Excellent content !! Very well made, thank you very much

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