Kathmandu, Feb. 23 -- The answer to low agricultural productivity made worse by the climate crisis is simple: water. But the challenge has always been to find the energy topump water to rain-fed terraces.

Now, rapid advancement solar panel efficiency and falling costs have made it an attractive option for pumping water for irrigation for higher and sustainable agricultural yield.

Solar powered water pumpsin fact have the potential to lift Nepali families from subsistence agriculture and poverty, which has been exacerbated by climate induced water shortage and the economic fallout of the pandemic.

Solar powerhas become a necessity to shift to higher-value crops and transform livelihoods of subsistence and smallholder farmers. This is wh...