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October 15, 2020

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Fact Sheet: Productive uses of energy

In Uganda, research shows that electrifying agricultural activities can bring additional income for smallholder farmers. However, agro-processing activities are yet to be integrated into distributed renewable energy systems’ load due to various technical and commercial constraints.

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  • Electrifying agricultural activities can bring additional income for smallholder farmers while generating multiplier employment effects in the downstream stages of the agrifood system.

  • The rapid expansion of DRE electrification in Uganda brings its agricultural sectors into the spotlight as the next frontier of energy access. 

  • Promising applications that can be economically viable for smallholder farmers include solar irrigation and milk chilling.

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