Smart Energy Enterprise (SEE)
Providing affordable solar pump irrigation systems to smallholder farmers
SEE provides innovative solar-powered irrigation systems to smallholder farmers on their own rice fields on a three-year loan basis recovered through water user fees and farm produce levies. SEE mobilises farmers into cooperatives who assume complete ownership over the irrigation systems after the loan is recovered.
SEE is responsible for installation and maintenance of the irrigation systems. SEE purchases additional rice from the farmers, processes it and sells it to end consumers.
Tughananeghe Women Federation mobilises farmers, specifically women, into groups for collectively purchasing irrigation systems and ensuring their affordability for farmers.
Karonga Youth Entrepreneurs collects rice husks and bran, which are residuals from rice processing, and produces recycled environmentally-friendly cooking briquettes.
Karonga district climate officers regularly consult with SEE in order to deliver information and to help updating the business plan
The SEED Africa Awards 2019 in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and SEED South Africa Climate Adaptation Awards 2019 in South Africa are sponsored by the Government of Flanders.