Submitted by: Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF)
Implemented country: Benin
Title: The Solar Market Garden: Improving Access to Energy, Water, and Food in Sub-Saharan Africa
SELF has pioneered the combination of solar water pumping and drip irrigation to create the Solar Market Garden. This two-village project in northern Benin demonstrates a reliable, economical and sustainable means of irrigation, enabling women farmers to grow crops during the annual six-month dry season for significant improvements in family income and nutrition. The scale-up will expand the project to 44 villages.