January 11, 2010

Solar-powered irrigation betters lives in sub-Saharan Africa.

Studying systems that were financed and installed by the US-based Solar Electric Light Fund, Stanford University scientists from California, USA worked with local women’s agricultural groups in rural Benin to compare the effectiveness of the sun-powered drip irrigation systems to previous growing methods that relied on scarce water sources such as rain.

They discovered that these systems fostered the growth of an average of 1.9 metric tons of produce per month, including fresh tomatoes, okra, peppers, eggplants, carrots and other greens. Besides being able to supply their families abundantly year-round, the women villagers were also able to earn extra income from sales.

Many thanks, Solar Electric Light Fund and Stanford University researchers for bringing both the materials and the expanded understanding of how these sustainable methods improve lives.

May many such sub-Saharan African communities be similarly bestowed for the eco-balance and wholesome sustenance of all.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100104151923.htm
http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/report_solar-powered-irrigation-improves-diet-and-income-in-rural-sub-sahara_1331288

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