Solar-powered irrigation: Study of Ingotse village, Kakamega County, Kenya

This case study describes the community of a small village called Ingotse in Kakamega county in western Kenya. Like most rural, food-insecure communities in sub-Saharan Africa, Ingotse village relied on rain-fed agriculture for production of staple crops. Farmers in this village raised some funds to sink a borehole. This was done in collaboration with a non-governmental organisation (NGO) known as Water for All which gave the community a solar-powered pump to distribute the water to the homesteads. Water from the borehole was used for irrigation, providing food crops all year round. Women and children no longer had to walk long distances to the river to fetch water; they had extra time in their day for other activities such as doing homework with children.

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    Executive summary
    The impact of energy constraints on the community’s livelihood
    Introduction and adoption of the project
    The impact of the project on the community
    Project sustainability
    The message from this community to others

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Solar-powered irrigation: Study of Ingotse village, Kakamega County, Kenya


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  • Author:Gideon Limbe Published:02-09-2016

    1. I will emulate the set example of community equity initiative as opposed to communities seeking 100% grants. 2. Currently I have no community that is doing solar irrigation / drip irrigation thus I will pilot these in one of my beneficiary communities. 3. Community involvement in choice of technologies, funding of initiatives as well as management of projects.