Modern Energy Services for Modern Agriculture: A Review of Smallholder Farming in Developing Countries


German Association for International Cooperation
German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Veronika Utz
1 January 2011

This report focuses on the role that modern energy services play in enhancing the agriculture value chain, from production to commercialization, as well as transport of goods. The report examines the potential of decentralized power production with renewable energy or hybrid systems in rural areas, and it suggests farmers manage risk by buying energy services on a fee-for-service basis.