Breathing New Life into Rural Brazil
San Jose, California, November 1 - Ashoka Fellow Fabio Rosa received the Tech Museum of Innovation's Credit Suisse First Boston Economic Development Award "for bringing new economic opportunities to low-density rural areas in Brazil."
A recent Tech Museum write-up notes that "without better technology and agricultural techniques, more people will leave agricultural areas and relocate to cities, but this influx can tax existing infrastructure. Fabio saw another solution. His team's innovation involves technologies for generating, distributing, and using electric power to make agricultural communities more viable. Worldwide, 1.5 billion people lack access to electricity. Low-cost electricity is key to improving the quality of life. Fabio's solution can be used worldwide to serve rural populations by raising income and employment levels, reducing environmental degradation and improving the quality of life."
Affordable, sustainable power supply makes possible a variety of improvements to the rural economy and rural life including refrigeration, electric cattle fences, and household lighting.