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Providing low-cost, solar-powered irrigation to African farmers, increasing yields by more than 300 percent.

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Samir Ibrahim

CEO & Co-Founder at SunCulture

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Employees 201–500
Headquarters Kenya
SunCulture is a climate-tech platform for rural emerging markets. SunCulture is scaling a proprietary technology platform that switches rural African farmers from carbon-emitting fuel pumps to solar-powered irrigation, then on-sells other productive goods and services. SunCulture uses carbon revenues and financial services to make solar-powered irrigation more affordable than dirty fuel pumps. SunCulture is the largest distributor of solar irrigation for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. The company operates a sales, engineering, and retail network across multiple African countries, ensuring access to modern irrigation at a 45% discount to monthly costs of petrol and diesel irrigation, within the $65b market for irrigation in Africa. Their mission is to increase smallholder farmer yields, incomes, and food security.

Notable Achievements

  • Over $50m in funding raised to date
  • Over 40,000 smallholder farms served across sub-Saharan Africa
  • 80,000 + tonnes of carbon avoided to date

Press Mentions

August 5, 2016

These Startups Are Out To End Global Illiteracy, An Often Ignored Problem

Read on Fast Company »

May 6, 2024

Netflix Founder, Others Back African Solar Irrigation Startup With $27m - Green Africa Magazine

Read on Green Africa Magazine »

April 29, 2024

SunCulture prepares for African expansion

Read on africabusinessplus.com »

September 28, 2023

Nithio Invests In SunCulture To Drive Solar Irrigation And Farming Innovations Across Africa

Read on Africa.com »

May 15, 2023

The Path To Ending Hunger Starts With Putting Farmers, Fishers, And Ranchers First

Read on Forbes »

October 11, 2022

Council Post: Do You Care About U.S. National Security? Then You Care About Global Food Security

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