Cultivating Change: Increasing Women’s Access to Off-Grid Productive Use of Energy for Agriculture

Female farmer in eastern Tanzania
Female farmer in eastern Tanzania. Photo Credit: Gisela Ngoo

“We use water buckets for irrigation; my children help me sometimes. We fetch water from a nearby well. When I have money, I rent a water pump and I must buy my own fuel, which is expensive.”

Three Tanzanian women walking on a farm.
Power Africa contracted the consultancy E Co. to investigate female farmers’ understanding and opinion of PUE and its effect on women’s lives. Photo Credit: Gisela Ngoo

Enhancing Women’s Agricultural Productivity

A female Tanzanian farm standing with her crop.
In Tanzania, three-quarters of the population is involved in agriculture, and more than 80 percent of economically active women work in the agricultural sector. Photo Credit: Gisela Ngoo

Understanding Female Farmers’ Energy Needs and Preferences

Women’s and men’s roles in agricultural value chains, according to 32 respondents.
Women’s and men’s roles in agricultural value chains, according to 32 respondents.

Translating Data Into Action: The Gender Strategy

Applying Lessons for the Off-grid Solar Sector

“A gender-inclusive business model can expand, as well as impact, the market. It’s good commercially and socially. Moreover, the act of developing the strategy and capabilities to realize it forces the organization to grow operationally, mature in market segmentation, and deepen client relationships in terms of team empathy. These benefits result in additional impact. It’s a multiplier effect,” Michael Kuntz, Co-CEO & Co-founder, Simusolar.

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