Mother and daughter in Saptari. Taken March, 2017 by Brendan Davis

Mother and daughter in Saptari. Taken March, 2017 by Brendan Davis

Saptari Farms

Solar water pumps currently service 21 households in the Saptari region of Nepal, helping farmers to irrigate their land. This affordable and reliable system enables farmers to grow crops year-round and increase cultivation of high-value produce like vegetables, resulting in a steady income and more independence. 

ICIMOD and SunFarmer have a shared goal of providing solar pumping solutions for irrigation to farmers in Nepal. The intent is to further strengthen the existing partnership with an additional program falling under the “Reviving springs and providing access to solar powered irrigation pumps (SPIP) through community based water use planning: Multiple approaches to solving agricultural water problems in mid hills and Terai in Nepal and India.”

The goal is to demonstrate innovative, scalable and replicable business models of energy delivery in Nepal, to promote long-term sustainability of water pumping solutions for irrigation to farming communities.