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Masdar, MIT partner on renewable energy model for agribusiness

By GAR staff on 03.10.2013.

Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Institute is working with the African Agribusiness Knowledge Centre (AAKC), in association with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Harvard Kennedy School's Science, Technology, and Globalization Project, to develop a renewable energy model at the 10,497-hectare Africa Atlantic Franchise Farms on Lake Volta in Ghana.

Within AAKC’s vision of a "21st Century Model Agribusiness Economic Zones and Cities", the Masdar Institute will collaborate with MIT’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning to focus on renewable and hybrid energy grids, which can later be incorporated into courses aimed at building knowledge of renewable energy applications in Africa.

“The future of agribusiness in Africa requires rural energy solutions. Masdar is the pioneer, and their contribution to these models is crucial.”

 “We are delighted to team up with Masdar Institute,” said Issa Baluch, Chairman of AAKC and Africa Atlantic Holdings, and alumni senior fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative of Harvard University. “The future of agribusiness in Africa requires rural energy solutions. Masdar Institute is the pioneer, and their contribution to these models is crucial.”

AAKC's diverse agribusiness educational programming will range from residency curriculums that integrate classroom study with outdoor field-work practice, to 5-day global executive seminars, to youth school micro-farms. AAKC will teach best practices and will introduce graduates to techniques, technology, and the vendors supporting Africa's farming industry.

The US-based non-profit also aims to educate professional farmers and government officials about the benefit to agribusiness vendors at all points along the value-chain through the provision of training of students on their respective equipment at a single location.

The Masdar Institute offers Masters and Doctoral programs in engineering disciplines with a focus on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, and supports the International Renewable Energy Agency (IREA) in its advancement of a publicly-accessible atlas of solar and wind resources, particularly for developing countries.