Promoting the use of electric water pumps for irrigation in Sudan

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From February 28, 2016 to May 28, 2022

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 7.b Expand energy infrastructure, upgrade technology
  2. 7.2 Increase share of global renewable energy
  3. 9.3 Increase small-scale industrial enterprise access to financial services

Project ID: 5324

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Technical team

  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy efficiency


  • Resource: Solar
  • Type: Off-grid, standalone systems
  • Agriculture/irrigation


  • Human altered areas


  • Rural areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Energy
  • Agriculture

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Innovative approaches
  • Institutional mechanism and system building


  • Law regulation
  • Food and agricultural commodities
  • Capacity building


  • Energy finance
  • Standards/ Labeling/ Guideline
  • Sustainable agriculture practices and use of resources (TP 2, 7, 8, 9)
  • Demonstration sites/Pilot
  • Technical capacity building
  • Institutional capacity building

Social inclusion

  • Private sector
  • Smallholder farmers
  • Women

Gender equality

  • Women farmers

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • Sci-tech pathway
  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Improve resilience
  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 7.b Expand energy infrastructure, upgrade technology
  • 7.2 Increase share of global renewable energy
  • 9.3 Increase small-scale industrial enterprise access to financial services

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)

  • Capital providers
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises

Hot topic

  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy
  • Poverty reduction

About this project


The project aims to support the adoption of solar PV technology for water pumping for irrigation in agriculture in Sudan, particularly in the North State. Adoption of renewable energies has been identified as a priority in Sudan, as is reduction of dependence on fossil fuels which are imported. The application of solar PV to pumping has been on a relatively limited scale globally, but is seeing increased commercial interest in the past years. Solar PV technology in general is not widespread in Sudan. The project includes four components: the development of pilot projects as a demonstration of the viability of the technology and an accompanying financing mechanism for continued finance of projects; development of standards and guidelines to promote quality and sustainability of water pumping; development of a NAMA to support solar water pumping; and developing a supporting environment to encourage scaling up and further replication. The project aims to help Sudan and Sudanese farmers reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, reduce their cost of production (via decreased diesel expenditures), increase the sustainability of water use, and increase their income. Give that agriculture is a main component of the economy in Sudan, the project will help increase Sudan's energy security and decouple its GDP from fluctuations in fossil fuel prices and availability. The project has been designed to play a catalytic role in the transformational scaling up of solar power for productive use in Sudan's agricultural sector


Financing and dissemination mechanism established and operational to support a PV pump installation programme.

USD $4,465,753

Grant amount

USD $20,150,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($4,465,753)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Sudan

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