Building solar-powered drip irrigation system in school farms in Liberia


The objective of this project is to build a solar-powered drip irrigation system on a school farm in Liberia, addressing the local scarcity of energy, water, and food. The team first designed and developed a prototype system in Ann Arbor, MI, after a literature review of the subject. The team partnered with the Christian Revival Church Association and spent two weeks in Liberia installing the drip-irrigation portion of the project on one acre of cropland. The drip-irrigation system began operating in October 2017, watering one acre of crops for over 100 days. Implementation of the solar-powered component is still ongoing, with another trip to the site to complete the system planned for 2018.