Productive use of grid electricity in rural Ethiopia

The agricultural sector is the backbone of large parts of the rural African economy, generating income for a high share of self-employed and employed workers. Ethiopia has ambitious targets to expand the productive use of electricity in agriculture and enjoys favourable conditions through low electricity prices and expanding supply capacities.

In this paper, we map current energy use patterns and the scope for additional productive use of electric energy in rural Ethiopia, with an explicit analysis of small-scale irrigation practise and potentials.

Gunther Bensch, Carmen Steinmetz, Hailemariam Teklewold