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  1. Profile photo of Paul Kuria  njogu

    Information is quite useful to me an environmentalist. am observing there is alot in agriculture-Energy nexus

  2. Profile photo of Richard Agetu

    Week 5 already… It seems like yesterday when we started this

  3. Profile photo of Ramón Granada

    I think we start to talk about the ” core” of energy and agriculture issues. It’s interesting for me this topic, because here we can discuss deeper about how we can start the changes needed in our country’s.

  4. Profile photo of Manasseh B. Shitta

    The reader for this week is well packed for a lot of us looking forward to learn more on policies pertinent to sustainable energy.

  5. Profile photo of Jill Dana Mugisa

    wooowww, it has been interesting to learn about the policy side of what i do. i didn’t know this much, i always thought i would leave this part for the policy makers but thanks to the mooc for having exposed me to this, honestly, had i been given a choice i don’t think i would have read it, but with mooc, i had to and it was beneficial.

  6. Profile photo of Mugisha Dominic Mark

    Net metering and feed in are very difficult in developing countries because of the nature of the distribution network. Complex legal regimes and the un due influence of power ful power producers also adds to the complexity of the problem.
    In developing countries, offgrid solutions are often the best solution. More so, since the coverage of the grid is very small in many developing countries (Usually less than 20% of the population covered by the grid).
    Financing of renewable energy especially for agricultural value addition can greatly improve the livelihoods of the 80% population of Ugandans involved in subsistence agriculture and create millions of jobs across the board

  7. Profile photo of Debele Debela

    Amazing! I realized quite impressive idea throughout the reading material. The videos on clean energy and other sources of information gave me basic understanding of this week’s course.

  8. Profile photo of Mugisha Dominic Mark

    Elaborate and exhaustive. I like the videos liked herein

  9. Profile photo of Chimaobi Nna

    Materials are loaded with so much information. Nice

  10. Profile photo of CHRISTOPHER OSAZEE EWERE

    Hoping to digest this week 5 material properly. its been a wonderful experience.

  11. Profile photo of Christine Fröhlich

    for me this week’s reader has so far been excellent, especially with respect to the multiple links! thanks

  12. Profile photo of ustun nevim

    Hey guys, I kindly appreciate the program to prepare engineers to get involved into public policies, as technology changes but states are the same…
    tax, force, punishment etc are not the real issue of law to torture people ,but teach them , that is the function of brain to learn , to read the nature, to learn from one another …..
    I know only one law, which is nature, kindness, humbleness, …grass starts with rain in spring , no stop it , what is planted , comes out in March ,…. TOTAL FREEDOM, GIVE THE NATURE, LEARN THE NATURE,that is the only Law, the rest is torture…. we need some changes in state ruling, has there not been any community giving importance to nature from food, to statesssssss , from the sun to the state officials, etc ….

  13. Profile photo of Sarah M. Edelman

    I’m currently catching up on the reading. In doing so, I’m going to have some things to say, so please stay tuned.

    First, I’d like to touch base on page 7. The last sentence of the first paragraph states, “For example, Bryngelsson and Lindgren (2013) indicate that a large-scale introduction of biofuels may substantially increase maize prices.”

    The maize used for ethanols are not used for direct human consumption. Instead, they are created into things like High Fructose Corn Syrup and cow feed, and are generally GMO. For most of us, we know automatically that this is not a good or sustainable option.
    With that being said, a way for food prices to stay low would be to find an alternative plant source to be used for fuel.
    The first that comes to mind is HEMP.

    Also, if someone is looking to save a little money, they could choose to eat less beef.

    Besides, cows shouldn’t be eating corn/maize anyway as their guts are not designed for such roughage.

  14. Profile photo of Martin Studte

    Dear Course Admins

    Thank you for the matrial, I learned a lot from it. Although, I want to give a short feedback to this weeks reader.

    I think there is a lot of repetition and generic information in this reader, also in relation to the first 4 readers (especially in the introduction parts). Shorten it a little bit and adjusting to the other readers would make it even better.

    Second, in the reader you lay the focuss mainly on rural places which have no access to electricity. I totally agree with you that this is a huge problem and many people around the world are affected from it. Nevertheless, it is not where the main agricultural output is produced and where the largest potentials for introduction of renewable energy and energy efficiency are expectable. So when it comes to finance, I think information related to this target group (small & medium scale famers, family agriculture, cooperations, etc.) would be of great interest.

  15. Profile photo of Mr. Anthony Madume

    This Weeks reader is truly enriching and informative, and I have enjoyed reading it. Frankly, I have learn a lot and equipped to realise much of the agricultural projects my brother and I have in mind for/in Nigeria. I will certainly do my best to apply much of the knowledge gained on this course in may respects. Reading this materials resonated well with me as I reflected on what is happening in Nigeria implementing policies, regulation and tools to effectively deliver the ‘Nigeria Road Map On Power’. In fairness, one would say that both the previous government and present have demonstrated a will to power/energy issues in a Nigeria a thing of the past. There has always been a elephant in the room. Giving credit where it is due, like the previous government, the present government is also encouraging the installation and use of renewable energy in Nigeria. No doubt, a lot still has to be done with the power sector in Nigeria to achieve efficiency, energy access (Energy For All) and effectively regulating the and the multi-stakeholder agreements.

    Anthony Madume

  16. Profile photo of Charles Dakoua Diarra

    it is an interesting reading material. the reading shows the importance of the various components for the success of successful agriculture chain value through policies, regulations, the tools required and the socio economic impacts.

    Ii think that the leapfrogging concept is big challenge to developing countries, as the cost of clean energy technologies is high and governments and financing systems do not yet have any mechanisms to find a solution.
    Getting a simple loan from local financial institutions depend on how wealthy you are, and the negotiation of the interest rate will also depend upon, particularly in many African countries
    Also most governments are still not fully committed to Clean energy technologies. Some countries believe that putting to much efforts on RE is to delay their development, and hence just pretend to comply with the international conferences’ requirements

  17. Profile photo of Innocent Azih

    The materials is a documentation of the video presentation and is very usefull reference material

  18. Profile photo of Innocent Azih

    I think the growing renewable energy usage to scale in rural settings requires policy emphasis on feed-in tariffs, net metering and flexible grids access, fiscal incentives as well as soft loans and grants provision to enable the poor connect to solar energy, farmers inclusive. This will create a massive demand in this group of actors and will lead to eventual economic multipliers within the suburban economy (consumption, business, etc)

  19. Profile photo of Folajomi Fawehinmi

    an illuminating read as to the scientific process behind assessing agricultural and food enterprises

  20. Profile photo of Emma Emeozor

    It is a well packaged lecture Prof Alisher Mirzabaez delivered but more importantly, his highlighting of a major point some stakeholders including government policy makers in the agricultural-energy sector do not give proper consideration before action. In his summarizing, he said and I quote: “…Successful deployment of clean energy businesses in the agricultural sector would require a good understanding of the functioning of the related value chains and the broader value web….”

  21. Profile photo of aurelie rousseau

    In comparison to free online classes, I believe the materials are quiet good (usually it looks more like an overview than a real course). I wish website like Coursera and even universities could develop that kind of platform for free online learning

  22. Profile photo of RONALD MARUMBI

    Detailed explanations, with useful links

  23. Profile photo of Ibnu Budiman

    Nice material! Circular economy is trying to change scheme of business as usual (BAU) to find the win-win solution for people and environment

  24. Profile photo of Katherinne Benavides Cortes

    very complete !! Thank you very much for all links ..

  25. Profile photo of Bernardo Mendizabal

    As this week topic gave me a very helpfull insight overview of what i need as an approach to my current work on the programm. We are trying to relate the introduction of a new technology for milk pasteurization ussing solar thermal units, we are helping the government with creating the regulations and financing (through financing entities) asociations for the replica and scaling of the iniciative. This week lecture was really helpfull, thank you.

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