Scaling Innovation at the Energy- Agriculture Nexus in East Africa

Christian Pirzer, Christina Tewes-Gradl

Sectoral Business Condition Brief

Energy and agriculture form a nexus. On one hand, energy can be generated by using crops, agricultural residues and livestock waste. On the other hand, substantial amounts of energy are required along the agricultural and food processing value chain, accounting for around 30 % of the global energy consumption.

This policy brief analyses how policy makers can catalyse development of the sector through providing consistent policy strategy and coordinating sector activities, investing in research and development of appropriate technologies at the local level, incentivising the application of technologies at the  nexus, and facilitating access to finance.