About the EAP
The Energizing Agriculture Programme pairs electricity access with the means to use it in minigrid communities throughout Nigeria.
As distributed energy resources (DERs) are deployed across Nigeria, newly connected customers and communities need help in accessing the means to use their power and unlock the benefits of reliable energy access. Agriculture is the economic backbone of rural Nigerian communities where DERs are often the lowest-cost electrification option. Using electricity productively in agricultural value chains can drive a virtuous cycle where new agricultural industries improve incomes of community members and the economics of local DERs, catalyzing more investment in DERs and machinery and accelerating local economies.
The EAP is accelerating productive uses of DERs by:
- Helping energy and agriculture programs collaborate across sectors by developing a pipeline of agriculture-energy projects.
- Identifying, testing, and scaling commercially viable agriculture-electrification solutions and models through a project-focused Innovation Accelerator.
Across these activities, the EAP is designed to ensure local ownership of solutions and scaling by partnering widely and sharing insights broadly.
The EAP is organized into three components. The first will support collaboration between energy and agriculture programs by convening the Working Group on Agricultural Development and Electrification. This group will work together to optimize investments across sectors, resulting in a pipeline of on-ground projects. The Agriculture-Energy Innovation Accelerator will work with cross-sectoral teams to pilot agriculture-energy solutions at minigrids throughout the country. Additionally, the EAP will provide Non-Market Services to support these efforts, including collecting and publishing data that commercially-motivated actors can use to find opportunities at the ag-energy nexus.
If implemented at scale, these productive use initiatives in Nigeria are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.4 million tons of CO2 by 2030 and 7.4 million tons over the full life cycles of the supported electric machinery. The EAP could lead to the creation or improvement of over 150,000 jobs and boost the livelihoods of nearly four million Nigerians. If successful, the EAP will help prove a new scalable model for rural development.
Programme Technical Lead
Mohammed has a background in electrical and electronics engineering, renewable energy systems, and sustainable development. He serves as the programme technical lead for the EAP Agriculture Electrification Pipeline, the program component seeking to support collaboration between energy and agriculture national programs to optimize investments across sectors.
Innovation Accelerator Manager
Demand Unit Lead
Genevieve has an MS in agricultural sciences and has experience incorporating distributed energy resources into grid planning processes and facilitating collaborative problem-solving with diverse stakeholder groups. She leads the scaling strategy for the EAP Innovation Accelerator.
Habiba Ahut Daggash
Accelerator Team Lead
Accelerator Team Lead
Deji Ojo has a PhD in agricultural economics and is experienced in project implementation, monitoring, evaluation, research, and capacity building. He leads the Innovation Accelerator team focused on testing electric two-wheelers for farm logistics.
Accelerator Team Lead
Fola is renewable energy professional working to accelerate affordable, reliable, and clean energy access in sub-Saharan Africa. He leads the cold storage pilots in the Innovation Accelerator.
Project Operations Manager
Zainab holds a master’s degree in international development and human resource management. She has experience managing technical teams and currently manages the operational aspects of the EAP Agriculture Electrification Pipeline.
Productive Use Expert
Millicent has a master’s degree in international development and over five years of experience developing replicable business models and engaging in market system development. She is the productive use expert for the EAP Agriculture Electrification Pipeline.
Aisha Mazamaza is a mechanical engineer with an MSc. in data science and experience in renewable energy development. She leads data collection and management for the EAP Agriculture Electrification Pipeline.
Benson Kibiti is a communication for development specialist with 12 years of experience in strategic communications, branding, media relations, and digital marketing across environmental sustainability, energy, policy, and agriculture portfolios. He coordinates communication activities for the EAP.