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In this episode of Sanford's Ways & Means podcast – New research into how solar mini-grids could change lives for farmers in Ethiopia, and why that matters for the climate as a whole. This is the fifth episode in the “Climate Change Solutions” series, where we look at surprising answers to the question of what we can do to help cool a rapidly heating planet.

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Bringing Water to Thirsty Fields With Help From the Sun


  • Jonathan Phillips, Director, James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke University
  • Rahel Bekele, Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, DREAM Project Team Member
  • Marc Jeuland, faculty member at Duke Sanford School of Public Policy and Duke Global Health Institute, Principal investigator DREAM Project 


Thank you

Duke Sanford graduate students Solomon Ayehu and Yared Asfaw voiced Ethiopian farmer translations

Duke student Joy Liu designed the artwork for the season.

Season 8 of Ways & Means is made possible thanks to support from the Office of the Provost at Duke University. Find out more about the Duke Climate Commitment.


About the Ways & Means Climate Change Solutions Series

Ways & Means Climate Change Solutions is a six-part series of podcasts. All episodes are hosted by journalists, and include storytelling from around the world. Episodes include:

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Duke Climate Commitment

Season 8 of Ways & Means is made possible thanks to support from the Office of the Provost at Duke University. This collaboration reflects the Duke Climate Commitmentwhich unites the university’s education, research, operations, and public service missions to address the climate crisis. The commitment builds on Duke’s longstanding leadership in climate, energy, and sustainability to educate a new generation of climate-fluent innovators and create equitable solutions for all

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