Pintadas Solar

Promoting water-efficient crop irrigation and bio-fuel production in semi-arid regions
2008 SEED Award Winner Sustainable Agriculture Brazil

Pintadas Solar is setting out to help small farmers communities to adapt to climate change, improve local food security, mitigate their own carbon emissions, and reduce poverty by increasing income and creating local employment opportunities.

Partners in Pintadas Solar are developing a community-led approach to disseminate small-scale water-efficient crop irrigation and bio-fuel production technologies in the semi-arid North-East of Brazil. This region is characterised by little precipitation, hot temperatures, sandy soils and prolonged periods of droughts, which are increasing due to climate change.

Starting from the experience gained during the implementation of 7 pilot irrigation projects, the partners are looking for organisations that will help with refining the technological platform and the launch of a regional small-scale irrigation programme that could be replicated in parts of the world which are facing similar challenges.

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

Pintadas Solar offers small-scale water-efficient crop irrigation and biofuel production technologies to mitigate climate change, improve local food security, reduce own carbon emissions.
  • Empowering the community to create a fully integrated package of technology that includes adequate water pumping and irrigation technologies, fertilizers, technical assistance, and capacity building to increase crop production.
  • Creating agro-energy farmer cooperatives to develop small-scale bio-fuel systems (vegetable oil and hydrous ethanol) which mitigate climate change and improve local food security.
  • Developing a replicable micro-finance model to support farmers access the technological package above.
  • Commercialising food products in local, regional and specialty (i.e. organic, fair trade) markets.


This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

Rede de Desenvolvimiento Humano (Network for Human Development): based in Brazil, REDEHrepresents the Pintadas Solar collaborative partnership. REDEH is part of the international coalition SouthSouthNorth. www.pintadas-solar.orgor

Rede Pintadas represents the farmers and local

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