In agriculture sector, DUN aims at carrying a project whose acronym is "RE & Agri" for "Renewable Energy and Agriculture "- The objective is the implementation of pilot projects in MENA for promoting the use of RE in agriculture.
The project aims to highlight the important role played by modern energy services and related technologies in the modern agricultural production process for smallholders in developing countries. It will focus on energy input in agricultural production, processing and commercialization in order to increase crop production and add value to products, enhance food security, increase income for farmers and rural enterprises and finally boost the development of rural areas.
The ultimate objectives of the initiative are:
- To implement pilot projects in different countries and under various natural conditions, for the promotion of RE applications in agriculture;
- To increase the awareness and knowledge of RE contribution to micro-enterprise development in rural areas;
- To conduct research and development activities for the optimization of RE systems for agricultural use in order to develop optimized services or product packages, e.g. optimized irrigation systems for economic irrigation and fertilization and to assess the replicability of promising RE applications.