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Can nations in Africa and other parts of the developing world leapfrog over the use of fossil fuels and go straight to renewable energy sources? Understandably, the focus in rural development settings is often on generating centralized electrical capacity through renewable energy.
Many of the gains in solar energy are occurring in small-scale solar installations in rural areas, where agriculture is the primary activity. Through the use of solar powered technologies, rural farmers can live healthier lives, create efficiencies to reduce their hard physical labor and create food security year-round. These innovations are also allowing more poor, rural children to attend school as they are not needed as much for the daily labor on the farms.
In Kenya, World Neighbors is helping farmers increase agricultural productivity using clean and sustainable techniques. At the heart of these four solar-powered devices. Read more here.