FAO International Forum on Solar Technologies

13 April 2018 – Rome, Italy

The International Forum on Solar Technologies for Small-Scale Agriculture and Water Management will present the opportunities and challenges of the application of solar technologies in small-scale agriculture and water management. The tools developed by FAO and its partners to enhance the use of solar technologies for small-scale agriculture will also be introduced.

The forum will bring together more than 150 participants from governments, international organizations, NGOs, research institutes, financial institutions and private companies from the water, energy and agriculture sectors.

A strong focus will be placed on solar-powered irrigation technologies, though solar desalinization and other agricultural applications of solar technologies will also be covered. It will be organized around four main themes:

  • Innovative finance, investment and business models to make solar technologies viable for small-scale farmers.
  • Capacity development to create the knowledge and expertise for solar technologies.
  • Opportunities for water management.
  • Enabling environment: Policies, incentives, rules and regulations.

This International Forum is organized by FAO, together with Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).

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