On 21 November 2017, Enda Energie organized a workshop on sharing the research program focusing on the productive uses of energy in the informal food sector, and information on renewable energies and climate change. This workshop held at the Kaolack District Council, has enabled civil society, private sector and State institutions to better understand the importance of taking into account energy services in micro, small and medium enterprises in the food sector. This meeting was also intended to inform on renewable energies and climate change within the framework of the Accelerating Implementation of Regional Clean Energy Policies in West Africa (ACE WA) program. The event also served as a forum for discussion on national and regional policies and resilience to climate change and the constraints of using modern energy sources.
Energy and energy services have not yet really been monitored in the informal food processing sector. As a result, there is little quantitative empirical evidence, apart from studies and statistics recently collected. To provide both qualitative and quantitative answers to this situation, a research program associating institutions from Senegal (ENDA Energie), Rwanda and South Africa, coordinated by the University of Twente (Netherlands) in partnership with Energia financed by DFID has been put in place.
The main focus of this program is to show how improving access to modern energy services (MES) promotes the overall strengthening of women-owned businesses. It also aims to better understand how this access to MES improves the economic empowerment of women and men while contributing to cope with climate change.
Hence the need to see how the adoption of innovative renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency would allow entrepreneurs to produce and consume energy in a more reasoned and « clean » way with less damage to the environment.
This workshop, which provided entrepreneurs with a better understanding of the role and challenges of renewable energy in the food sector, also served as a platform to sensitize decision-makers to promote the use of Modern Energy Services (MES), in line with ACE WA program.