Underdeveloped rural settlements have yet to see the same economic gain from electrification as their urban counterparts. A study by Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA) suggests that targeting off-grid energy to farmers reaps the most benefits, unlike the model transferred from urban settings. Unlike urban slums, lack of energy accessibility is not the main barrier, according to IPA, as energy represents only about 4% of the average rural stores’ total costs.
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