Introduction | Week 1

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Introduction to the Energy-Agriculture Nexus

As the world’s population is continuously growing, demands for food and energy increases considerably. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that by 2050 current food production needs to rise by 70 percent to satisfy the expanding demand (FAO, 2011).

Given the planetary boundaries, especially limited energy and water resources, meeting this target is one of the century’s biggest challenges.  At the same time millions of farmers and processors in developing countries and emerging economies lack access to clean energy technologies for irrigation, drying, cooling, storage and other processes. “How can these needs be met sustainably?” In 8 units, the MOOC aims to contribute finding answers to this very question.

The first week is arranged as an introduction – intended to provide a preface to the Energy-Agriculture Nexus while familiarizing everyone with the course platform and the MOOC community. The course is then divided into three incremental parts: technical chapters (week 2-4), economic chapters (week 5-7) and the summary.  But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s look at the course material for this week, your tasks and – last but not least – get to know one another.

You should watch the two videos for this week and read the chapter ‘Introduction to the Energy-Agriculture Nexus’. Both will help you to answer the questions of the first Quiz.

Don’t forget to put your knowledge to the test while earning the first ‘Week Badge’ with this week’s Quiz!


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  1. Profile photo of Marachie HABANABASHAKA

    Thank you for this exciting introduction we are together.

  2. Profile photo of John Mwibanda Wesonga

    Hi. Thank you for this timely intervention. I have looked at the introduction and watched the two videos provided. However, I can seem to find the mandatory reading materials. Any ideas on how I should proceed??

  3. Profile photo of John Mwibanda Wesonga

    I am sorry, I meant I can’t seem to find the mandatory reading material??

  4. Profile photo of Kofi  Debrah

    This is great, looking forward to embarking on this agriculture energy nexus learning experience

  5. Profile photo of Olufemi oladunni

    Accessing the mandatory reading is very important. How do I get it?

  6. Profile photo of Yohannes Mekonnen

    I hope that this course will give us new ideas to utilize naturally available energy sources which are available in abundance.

  7. Profile photo of Abdinasir Sadik Mukhtar

    Hello, I’m Abdinasir, from Somalia. I’m the chairman of KALAHAAN small farmers cooperative in Somalia.

  8. Profile photo of Fuh Michael Apolonius

    Nice read. The introduction refreshes ones mind of some basic concepts and sets the stage for in-depth issues.

  9. Profile photo of Nellisa Samichand

    This course will be very beneficial to me, since I’m planning to start my own business (farm} growing mainly leafy vegetables in a greenhouse. I know agriculture is the sole provider of human food and most farm machines are driven by fossil fuels, which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and, in turn, accelerate climate change in a negative way. So i don’t want to do the same.
    Looking forward for a great experience in the next few weeks….

  10. Profile photo of Sarah M. Edelman

    Oh good! I’m not the only one having website navigational issues.

    • Profile photo of PoweringAg

      Hi Sarah! To find the reading material you have to go the “introduction” of Week 1. On the bottom of the page you have to click on the button “mark complete” to get to the next page (videos). There again, you have to click “mark complete” to get to the next page – the reader. Please let us know if you still have problems accessing the reading material!

  11. Profile photo of Marcos Algara-Siller

    Same with me…course script has an empty site…is it a technical problem from the course?

    • Profile photo of PoweringAg

      Hi Marcos! To find the reading material you have to go the “introduction” of Week 1. On the bottom of the page you have to click on the button “mark complete” to get to the next page (videos). There again, you have to click “mark complete” to get to the next page – the reader. Please let us know if you still have problems accessing the reading material! If the problem continues we will send you a Link where you can Download the Reader.

      Best
      Jan Heinrich
      Online-Tutor

  12. Profile photo of Shehu Ibrahim Khaleel

    Thanks you for the introduction, I have gone through the videos and carefully studied the reading script. And I am glad to be part of this course, because from the first Chapter, I now believe that I am going to gain the knowledge that would enable me bring a solution to different problem with rural Agricultural production in my community here in Kano, NIGERIA.

  13. Profile photo of Shehu Ibrahim Khaleel

    Thanks you for the introduction, I have gone through the videos and carefully studied the reading script. And I am glad to be part of this course, because from the first Chapter, I now believe that I am going to gain the knowledge that would enable me bring a solution to different problems with rural Agricultural production in my community here in Kano, NIGERIA.

  14. Profile photo of Shehu Ibrahim Khaleel

    For those having problems accessing the reading materials, I suggest you try using your PayPal, laptop or iPad.

  15. Profile photo of Andrew Kenda

    The overview is clear, I now look forward to the main content in weeks to come.

  16. Profile photo of Suresh Bhattarai

    Thoroughly enjoyed first encounter with the elites of the energy-agriculture nexus. I have couple of question and appreciated being helped with
    1. Like many I too couldn’t locate the mandatory reading for week 1.
    2. Towards the end of his sharing, Dr. Bhandari revealed about “developing business model”, being a developmental practitioner I am eagerly waiting to know more about it.

    • Profile photo of PoweringAg

      Hi Suresh! To find the reading material you have to go the “introduction” of Week 1. On the bottom of the page you have to click on the button “mark complete” to get to the next page (videos). There again, you have to click “mark complete” to get to the next page – the reader. Please let us know if you can access the Reader now! If the problem continues we will send you a Link where you can Download the Reader.

      Best
      Jan Heinrich
      Online-Tutor

    • Profile photo of PoweringAg

      Hello again, in week 7 we will learn more about business models for energy and agriculture projects. There will also be an assignment to develop a business model for your own energy-ag project. Enjoy the course until then!

  17. Profile photo of PETER RWEYEMAMU

    I am getting psyched up for the course. With the intro I have already seen that i shall get my objectives met and further my knowledge to greater heights.

  18. Profile photo of Chijioke Onwunle

    After listening to the videos, it appears that this course would assist participants contribute their newly acquired capacity in clean energy applications to improve lives….particularly rural agriclutural lives. Good initiative. Look forward to learning about these clean energy applications.

  19. Profile photo of Geofrey Musasizi

    Its true and thats why we have decided to let even women learn how to use bull ploughing putting a side hand hoe farming. And after making some polices, try to come down to the ground and sustain this farmers directly thats when your ideas will be implementded well and in an expected period. But even though you move from one nation to another making such meeting with experts, fine but it won’t work my dears. Try as much as possible to reach the farmers on ground because they are the ones acting as suppliers if they fail to produce enough, the end results is being known well, but if they are facilitated well you will have no where to keep the produce. Am ending by saying that here in Uganda let not any one decive you that there is any respect towards farmers they are the poorest in the community, all bad situations are found in farmers, and there is no way how a farmers can access finances from banks unless otherwise he/she has security which so hard for that farmer found very deep in villages yet they are the original producers but with any assistance.

  20. Profile photo of Olusola Adefurin

    I am excited to participate in this course. Great resources and very informative indeed! This material in this 1st week is already whetting my appetite. I am really looking forward to the other resources in the upcoming sessions.

    I would say “Thank you” to the organizer for putting this course up. Together, we can make the world a better place.

  21. Profile photo of Charles Dakoua Diarra

    Great introduction to understand the topics ahead

  22. Profile photo of Alethia Barrett

    This was an eXcellent introduction. I look forward to taking the course.

  23. Profile photo of Ghanashyam Kharel

    Excellent introduction. looking forward for learning more on powering agriculture.

  24. Profile photo of JACQUELINE ABBO

    Introduction noted.

    Tank you very much.

  25. Profile photo of Si Thu Tun

    So nice to get a chance for being here . Thank you so much.

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