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Dear Blue Blue,

Last week in Senegal we ran a workshop on achieving a sustainable Water-Energy-Food Nexus and how off-grid energy can play a key role  with participants from across the whole region. We had been hoping for a few tentative examples of progress on the ground. To our surprise speaker after speaker came up with news of projects in their area. True bottom up approaches where smallholder farmers had themselves seen the potential of solar pumps to start irrigation schemes, milling and grinding machines to process crops and solar dryers to dry fruit and vegetables. Some with the help of NGOs, but many purely through local ingenuity. We had also invited journalists and they too had found similar stories. Which made me wonder how many such stories are we missing? Every week we get plenty of top down stories of new initiatives and grants, along with a smattering of local stories that various foundations have supported journalists to find. Yet this can only be the tip of the iceberg and so I would encourage you to send in any stories of local success you hear so we can spread the good news that things are happening. Off-grid should not mean Off the Radar!

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