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Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies is pleased to invite you to the 3rd webinar on “Farming meets solar power in Africa: food and energy security for sustainable African communities towards post COVID-19 society” co-hosted by Mali-Folkecenter Nyetaa.

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Richard Randle-Boggis from the University of Sheffield started the webinar by presenting the “Harvesting the sun twice” project, including two agrivoltaics pilot projects in Kenya and Tanzania.

Richard explained in this context that agrivoltaics could potentially offer energy, food, water, land use, and socio-economic benefits. He emphasized that co-design and community engagement are critical factors for the successful and sustainable implementation of agrivoltaics projects. It is crucial to localize the projects, and therefore, locally relevant evidence needs to be collected in cooperation with a wide variety of stakeholders.

In the following discussion, the participants showed a strong interest in creating a knowledge-sharing platform to exchange experiences and lessons learned from the different countries and projects.

Furthermore, Mali was identified as a suitable place for an agrivoltaics pilot project in West Africa since already much knowledge, and understanding about the necessary technology, agriculture, and community engagement exists. A pilot project could show the benefits and profitability of agrivoltaics to a broader audience. Panelists agreed that introducing agrivoltaics in Mali and beyond would become much easier after the first pilot project.

Please feel free to watch the recorded webinar on YouTube if you are interested in hearing the full presentation and discussion. We also included French subtitles for our francophone audience.

This seminar series is perfect for you if you want to:

  • Improve livelihood of African rural population, and
  • Be sustainable economically, socially, and environmentally.

Through this seminar series, you will learn:

  • Benefit of agrivoltaics, and
  • Practical applications of agrivoltaics to your local context.

Date & Time

Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Time: GMT 9:00 – 10:00 / JST 18:00 – 19:00


1. Presentation: Agrivoltaics in East Africa: Enhancing livelihoods in agricultural communities through innovations in solar energy

  • Dr. Richard Randle-Boggis, Research Associate, GCRF Harvesting the Sun Twice project, Department of Animal & Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield
  • Dr. Richard Randle-Boggis will share his expertise on agrivoltaics in East Africa with you and addresses its relevance, suitability and the necessary design considerations including the importance of community engagement and co-design. Furthermore, he will discuss steps to support agrivoltaic development as well as the quest for effective business models.

2. Discussion

  • Discuss the possible extension and/or collaboration between East and West Africa including the formation of a common platform.
  • Consider sustainable development models of micro-grid and agrivoltaics under off-grid situation.


Please join our webinar for free via Zoom (if you want to take part in the discussion), or YouTube Live (if you prefer to just watch the webinar).


International Webinar Series on Agrivoltaics in Africa

Agrivoltaics is an economically and environmentally rational technology to produce both food and electricity on your farm or PV plants at the same time. It is rapidly gaining popularity in many countries but not yet in Africa.

It is important to consider unique situation of African countries to localize agrivoltaic technology. Therefore, in this seminar series, we will listen from both sides, from African countries and from agrivoltaic-rich countries to find a feasible way to introduce agrivoltaics to Africa. We will hold a webinar at least once a month, focusing on a different aspect of agrivoltaics each time.

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Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies
Mr. Makoto Tajima

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