October 2019 | Cool opportunity: tackling food waste
More than 40% of food loss in emerging economies occurs during post-harvest and processing. A reliable cold-chain is crucial for food security and improved livelihoods and distributed renewables have a major role to play. Read »
Podcast: In conversation with
Dr. Roberto Ridolfi, FAO

Food waste heavily impacts 780 million small farmers, yet access to electricity can result in an 80% increase in productivity of rural areas. Better regulation and blended capital, and more entrepreneurs are needed, says FAO's special advisor. Listen »

Video: Energy access and economic growth

Our head of research Rebekah Shirley talks to BBC Africa about access to reliable electricity as a prerequisite for economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa's rural areas. Watch »

Fact Sheet: Quantifying mini-grid impacts
The impacts of renewable energy mini-grids extend far beyond high quality electricity access, providing rural communities with employment, increases in household savings and micro-enterprise revenue, and improved health, education and safety. More »
Research Summary:  Ensuring inclusive energy access  
Poor People’s Energy Outlook (PPEO) by Practical Action highlights best-practice for bottom-up energy planning, policy, finance, and scaling. Finance and subsidy are key. So is more focus on social uses: street lighting, health, education. Details »
Spotlight: Scaling productivity of India’s rural micro enterprises

A new report by CEEW shows solar-powered productive-use appliances are still unable to access end-user finance due to low lender confidence and awareness, requiring more stakeholder engagement and policy support. Read »

Campaign Updates

We joined leaders in Cape Town for the Financing the Future Summit, attended the Smarter Mobility Summit in Pretoria, engaged leaders at the UN Climate Week Summit, and presented the Powering Jobs Census in a webinar by the Africa LEDS Partnership. Keep up to date »

"Food waste is a glaring measure of inequality. In poor countries, most of the food waste is on the farm or on its way to market. In South Asia, for instance, half of all the cauliflower that’s grown is lost because there’s not enough refrigeration."

-  Dr. Rosa Rolle, FAO, December 2017
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