Introduction | Week 2

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During Week One we clearly felt your energy, enthusiasm and excitement about sustainability within the Energy-Agriculture Nexus.

Today we dive into the second course week. But first we want to take a moment to applaud the many of you that earned the Week 1 Badge and those of you whose commitment in the MOOC community is reflected in the presentation of several community badges.

Your commitment is truly inspiring – keep it up!

This week’s mandatory reading is an exciting introduction to renewable energy resources and technologies. The material provides a guide to understand the basics for working with renewable energy technologies. This week’s unit also incorporates a written assignment and a mandatory peer-review. We ask that you develop the assignment in teams of 10 people. If you haven’t joined a team yet please do so by going to COMMUNITY/TEAMS . You can join one of the many teams that were created over the last days. Even better: You can create a new team and invite other participants that share your interests.

Please be advised that the most productive work delivered by “digital teams” is observed within teams of ten or less members. If your team encompasses more then ten members – please consider splitting up your team into smaller work groups in order to ensure productive workflows and to optimize your team’s submission for Assignment One. Upon submission of Assignment One you can of course re-group.

Shortly we will provide you with detailed information on how to submit Assignment One and how to conduct the peer review during the third course week.

As in week one you can put your knowledge to the test with this week’s Quiz and earn the Week Two Badge!

Along with the regular course material this week also features an Expert Video. The Video features Katie Kennedy Freeman. Katie works with the World Bank’s <i>Global Food and Agriculture Global Practice</i> (GFADR) as an Agriculture Economist. She focuses on the areas of agriculture risk, agriculture and ICT, as well as the intersection of agriculture and energy.

Watch Katie outline her perspective on the challenges of the Energy-Agriculture Nexus and learn about the World Bank’s approaches to support an enabling environment for clean energy solutions for agriculture – such as public private partnerships, microfinance and rural credit, investment lending, or tools to support knowledge generation.


If you have any questions about this week’s assignment, the Quiz or if you simply want to make sure that you’re on the right track – just send us a message! You can send messages through our PoweringAg User-Profile; direct a post at @poweringag; or check out our Help-Stream in the Forum.


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  1. Profile photo of Innocent SIMPUNGA

    very impressing to hear the role of world bank in finance issues on agriculture energy

  2. Profile photo of Clifton Makate

    Good work by the world bank. Financing smallholder farmers will boost uptake of the renewable technologies since knowledge and lack of financial resources is one of the critical constraining factors.

  3. Profile photo of Victor K. Noubibou

    Makate I agreed your comments. Listening to the presentation by the World Bank Agriculture Economist, I didn’t hear any program /project involving small scales farmers and communities farmers in rural areas here in Africa.

    • Profile photo of Jamie Krovontka

      Could it be that Katie’s work is focused regionally on Latin America and not Africa, and so she knows less about those projects? She seemed to speak very knowledgeably about Latin American projects.

      • Profile photo of PoweringAg

        Dear Jamie,
        indeed Katie’s video sets a focus on World Bank projects in Latin America. But the World Bank is also active in Africa. There is for instance the ‘Africa Renewable Energy and Access Program (AFREA)’ that is aiming at meeting energy needs and widening access to energy services in Sub-Saharan-Africa.

        Kind Regards
        The Online Tutors

  4. Profile photo of Collins  Amolo

    It is a great work by the world bank especially to the developing coutries

  5. Profile photo of Lemma Belay Ababu

    There is a long way to go in realistic technology transfer. For technologies to be sustainable, one has to think of a full package of technology transfer right in the planning process. This includes building the capacity of the national experts and grass root communities on operational and maintenance stuffs, among others skills required to ensure sustainability of such costly technologies.

    There seems limited engagement of the private sector by the WB as there is more tendency of working bilaterally with the national governments. Thus, the issue of public private partnership should practically transform from rhetoric to action!

    • Profile photo of Emmanuel Diogu

      I totally agree with you… most of the projects handled by WB or even other support funds body are abandoned once they remove their support, then your first point “For technologies to be sustainable, one has to think of a full package of technology transfer right in the planning process. This includes building the capacity of the national experts and grass root communities on operational and maintenance stuffs, …” the question that arises is what do they do to sustain these project after its kick off????

  6. Profile photo of Azizat Gbadegesin

    While considering which technology to deploy for agricultural businesses, making use of the ‘waste’ of the produce of the farm to generate electricity or heat for processing the harvested products should be borne in mind. This would also automatically solve the problem of energy generation and waste management at the same time.

  7. Profile photo of Abdinasir Sadik Mukhtar

    This is one step foreward, but the major problem of smallholder farmers is lack of reliable market.

  8. Profile photo of Jamie Krovontka

    Really interesting to hear the work of the World Bank in the agriculture-energy nexus. I have long supported microfinancing through Kiva – I wonder if there could be a closer collaboration between an already-established microfinancing organization (such as Kiva) and the projects needing funding (‘green’ energy, energy dissemination, transport of goods to market, education, etc.), such as those suggested by the World Bank.

  9. Profile photo of Stephen Mutisya Maingi

    very inspiring talk. its true information and awareness is a challenge. I reckon there is a lot of information but it never reaches the rural populace.

  10. Profile photo of Chimaobi Nna

    Wonderful course so far. Look forward to week 2 activities.

  11. Profile photo of Emmanuel Diogu

    It is good that world Bank considers Agricultural-Energy Nexus as an important boost for the growing need for agricultural production and it is well appreciated…

  12. Profile photo of Ajibola Asiughwu

    Great work World Bank. There’s need to create more awareness on renewable energy for agriculture in developing countries.

  13. Profile photo of Marachie HABANABASHAKA

    The assignment seems to be difficult but it will leave our capacities built.

  14. Profile photo of Waniala Benedictor

    am so glad about realizing this energy demand and working in hand

  15. Profile photo of Bashir Alh. Ali

    Very informative and enlightening talk

  16. Profile photo of Abdulmutalib Yussuff

    very detailed presentation by Katie on the World Bank-Energy-Agriculture nexus

  17. Profile photo of Abdulmutalib Yussuff

    the ESMAP/FAO supported study in the Latin America helping to identify the scope for energy efficiency improvement in agricultural value chain is a good initiative I want to see replicated in countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Does ESMAP support such studies based on the country’s government request?

  18. Profile photo of Charles Dakoua Diarra

    Although the RE is free and available, the big challenge is how to overcome the cost of clean energy in order to make it affordable to rural farmers, particularly in Africa.

  19. Profile photo of ROBERT MBORI

    This is getting really exciting. what i am keen to wrap my mind around is in addition to Energy for Agriculture the Agriculture or Energy

  20. Profile photo of Charles Dakoua Diarra

    There is the GIZ approach in Nigeria on how to promote the framework condition for the promotion and investment in RE and EE. Such effort could also be supported by the World Bank, especially in rural areas of energy for food processing in the industrial sector.

    • Profile photo of Abdulmutalib Yussuff

      I agree. In addition, MDBs can support pilot-scale initiatives, mobilize financing for private sector and/or PPP led initiatives. and give recommendations to government in sustaining such initiatives. The capacity building component of the GIZ initiative will surely spur entrepreneurs and project developers in clean energy space.
      A lot can be achieved through a sustained partnership.

  21. Profile photo of Francesco Anichini

    The information is good but the lack at farm/rural level the Katie say is the big problem in development project with agriculture-energy nexus; at farm level the knowledge is very very low and it’s need create a simple model to applicate/replicate at community level the nexus

    • Profile photo of Abdulmutalib Yussuff

      Country governments need to get its agricultural extension programmes right. If agric extension officers participate in this MOOC, it is expected that they take the knowledge home and communicate with farmers in a lay-man’s language that the farmers understand.

  22. Profile photo of Alice Amayo

    three things have struck me about this presentation – that the ministries of agriculture and energy are not speaking enough or strategically to one another; that what is more explored is the agric for energy nexus; and that the energy for agric nexus is still nascent. On the last point specifically, to what extent is agriculture an attraction for rural electrification. Here I look at Africa , almost half of which is semi arid or arid, and whose populations are agropastoralist or fully pastoralist. Is there experience of how these agricultural practices are being or have been harnessed as incentives for rural electrification.

  23. Profile photo of Innocent Azih

    Katie’s intro was appropriate for the multi-scope interest in global food and agriculture issue

  24. Profile photo of Innocent Azih

    I am in the process of designing heat conversion system for rice mill that will convert rice husks into heat energy for the parboiling segment of that activity. It will serve a great energy reduction purpose for increased agricultural processing effiency and profitability

  25. Profile photo of Katherinne Benavides Cortes

    Overdue with my homework .. but it’s never too late to learn …

    It is interesting to see the perspective of the World Bank, undoubtedly one of the barriers to replicate the successes cases of sustainable agriculture with clean energy is access to technology obtained through credits and microcredits.
    I would like to know more information to support small producers in Latin America

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