UG23 Promoting Solar Powered Irrigation and Pumping in Uganda

At a Glance

Strategic Outcomes SO2 Creation of green jobs, SO6 Enhanced adaptation to climate change
Start Date Q1  October 2020
End Date q1 December 2022
Funding Source Earmarked
Actual Budget (USD) 800,000
Budget Percentage 62%
Actual Expenditure (USD) 500000
Status Active
GGGI Share (USD)
Poverty and Gender Policy Markers poverty, gender
Name of Client (Lead/Prime implementer if GGGI is part of a consortium) Ministry of Water and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, and Private Sector
Participating Organization (Funding/donor) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark
Name of consortium members, if any
Thematic Area
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Solar Energy
  • Climate-Smart Agriculture
  • Renewable Energy
  • Green Growth
  • Water and Sanitation
GGGI Project Code : UG23-E1
Project Manager and Staff +
Dagmar Zwebe

Country Representative, Uganda

Fred Tuhairwe

Associate Energy Officer

Global Green Growth Institute

David Sengozi Kyeyune

Sustainable Landscapes and Agriculture Officer

Global Green Growth Institute

Project Overview

The project aims to provide farmers in Uganda with a means to adapt to climate change and build resilience that enables them to maximize production, thereby improving food and income security.

The project is focusing on establishing sustainable delivery mechanisms of Solar Powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS) for farmers in Uganda. The activities under the project revolve predominantly around strengthening private sector approaches, through capacity building of farmers, SPIS technology providers, financial institutions (FIs), and providers of agro-inputs across the agricultural ecosystem (input, processes, and outputs).

The project is further working to advance the business models previously developed with interested FIs to reach financial close for investments. The project intends to achieve its objectives through the following outcomes.

Project Impact

To improve resilience of small holder farmers to the impacts of climate change through the adoption and capacity building on climate smart agricultural practices including but not limited to solar powered irrigation.

Project Outcomes

Outcome 1:  Strengthen private sector supply chains for SPIS and market access for farmers.

Outcome 2:  Strengthen national capacity to promote, design, finance and implement SPIS in Uganda.

Outcome 3:  Mobilize USD 10m of finance for SPIS technology and Climate Smart Agriculture solutions.

Project Results

  1. Framework for SPIS quality among private technology providers promoted
  2. Stronger and innovative business SPIS model developed and implemented
  3. Partnership-based business model between farmers, SPIS companies, extension service providers and financial institutions established
  4. Farmers (at least 30% women) trained on CSA, water use efficiency and SPIS best practices
  5. Financial Institutions engaged and staff trained on SPIS business models and CSA lending
  6. Local government irrigation officers and technical staff trained on SPIS