JICA summer internship
African countries have longer hours of sunlight than Japan, making solar-powered systems highly adaptable. We developed our solar irrigation system because we wanted to use the long hours of sunlight to support farmers. In many African countries, more than half of the population is involved in agriculture. However, agricultural production is currently in a critical situation. Rapid climate change is making it even more difficult to secure the water needed to grow agricultural products. Currently, most small farmers use engine pumps. Fuel costs are a major burden for farmers. Solar irrigation systems not only do not emit CO2, but also do not require batteries.
Not many areas are suitable for irrigation, and drip irrigation is expected to spread in the Sahel region, where it can grow agricultural products with less water.
Photo from another internship