Solar irrigation pumps improve crop yields for farmers in Togo

A solar irrigation programme aimed at improving the lives of farming communities in

Togo has started to yield results.The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the European Union jointly funded the Project to

Support the Social Component of Togo’s Rural Electrifica tion Programme with $11.68 million.It has impacted livelihoods in around 500 rural areas in Togo by improving energy access to households, community amenities and small farms, said the AfDB.

The scheme is used to promote solar energy through off-grid solutions as part of the na tional programme, “CIZO” (light up). The programme includes providing school with solar kits.

By mid-September 2023, the project had installed 122 solar water heaters in health centres and provided electricity to 87 peripheral care units. In addition, 153 immersion and surface pumps have been deployed on farms.

The project aligns with two of the AfDB’s “High 5”strategic priorities, “Light Up and Power Africa” and “Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa”.Sales of solar powered fans hit an all time high, with 788 ,469 units sold.

“Fan sales exhibit a seasonal pattern, particularly in South Asia, where distributors stockpile in the early part of the year before the hottest months arrive.

“It is therefore not surprising that sales in the first half of 2023 are more than double that of the second half of 2022. Sales in H1 2023 grew by 13% compared to the first half of 2022,with much growth driven by sales in West Africa.’