Strengthening Africa’s food systems is about supporting small farmers

Warnings are increasing about Africa’s deepening food insecurity challenge, as the COVID pandemic has limited the supply of imported inputs (e.g. seed, fertilizer and pesticides) and extension services, while restricting farm labor movement and distribution channels and increasing demand volatility. All this has led institutions like the World Food Program to project that the number […]

Integrated Approaches to Electrifying Uganda

This past February we held an implementation workshop in Kampala, Uganda, with partners for our Utilities 2.0 initiative. Here is a short update on our research. Despite not traditionally being central to conversations on “the future grid” or the “energy transition”, utilities in sub Saharan Africa arguably have much to gain by embracing the global […]

Energy Access: Powering Health Care

Last week the United Nations Foundation held its Powering Health Care Conference here in Nairobi. I moderated a panel of fantastic researchers as we explored what the data says about the link between clean energy access and health care. The statistics were staggering — health care facilities with reliable electricity supply perform better in number […]