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!