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11th RedBioLAC Annual Conference 2019

News from WISIONS posted on August 6th, 2019

RedBioLAC will hold the 11th edition of their annual conferences series and it will take place between 14 and 18 October 2019 in Varadero, Cuba. The topic of this year's conference will be „Biodigesters: An agroecological option in the rural context“. Register here!Read moreMinimize

RedBioLAC (short for Red de Biodigestores para Latino América y el Caribe) is 11 years old since its creation and represents a large group of professionals working in different fields on biodigestors in the region. It has been consolidated at the regional level, and has become a space for virtual exchange as a very relevant form of presentation for biodigester technology.

As a framework for the work that the network promotes, an annual face-to-face meeting is held in different locations. The spirit of the conference is to exchange knowledge in the broad sense of the word (from the vision of the users, of those who install the digesters, of those who research and develop, and of forms of financing, and implementation, etc.), to connect participants from various sectors related to biodigester technology and to be able to show some examples of research and implementation throughout the region, as well as sharing lessons learned.

Find more information about the conference and registration here!

Spanish Version: 

La Red de Biodigestores para Latino América y el Caribe (RedBioLAC) tiene 11 años desde su creación y representa a un gran grupo de profesionales trabajando en diversas escalas de biodigestores en la región, desde diversos puntos de trabajo. Se ha consolidado a nivel regional, y se ha convertido en un espacio de intercambio virtual como presencial muy relevante.

Como marco del trabajo que la Red promueve, se realizar anualmente un Encuentro presencial en diferentes locales. El espíritu del Encuentro es el de realizar el intercambio de conocimientos en el amplio sentido de la palabra (desde la visión de los usuarios, de quienes instalan los digestores, de quienes investigan y desarrollan, y de formas de financiamiento, e implementación, etc), de conectar a los participantes de diversos sectores relacionados a la tecnología y el de poder mostrar algunos ejemplos de investigación e implementación a través de la región, compartiendo lecciones aprendidas.

Encuentre más información sobre la conferencia y la inscripción aquí!

The latest Newsletter of Hydro Empowerment Network

News from WISIONS posted on October 11th, 2019

Our partner HPNET just published their latest edition of their quarterly newsletter series "The Flow". The thematic focus of this issue is inclusive social enterprise, local social capital, including women and indigenous communities.HPNET Newsletter October Read moreMinimize
In this edition HPNET recollects recent activities, events and thematic inputs on Micro Hydro Technology.
Some highlights in this edition include:

  • Cameroon: A HPNET Member shares his views on small-scale hydro and energy access in Cameroon.
  • Indonesia/Ethiopia: Three knowledge transfer and activities for Ethiopian practitioners.
  • Malaysia: Reports and introduction of the Commission of a new micro hydro system in Malaysiaby TONIBUNG
  • Inclusion in social enterprise-based mini hydropower in Pakistan
Read the full newsletter and all included other stories of HPNETs activities here: The Flow Newsletter October

More information about HPNET: Hydro Empowerment Network

Solar Powered Cold Storage Systems: Keeping Vegetables fresh for sale in Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on October 9th, 2019

How can small farmers from rural areas harvest enough fruits and vegetables for self sufficiency and gaining profits from sales, if the culticultivable land is too small, the closest market too far and using electricity for cooling is not possible? WISIONS supported a project in Nepal that tackled these issues with one simple solution: Solar Power Cooling! Read moreMinimize
WISIONS supported the People, Energy and Environment Development Association (PEEDA) for undertaking the SEPS-Project Improving Agricultural Profitability for Smallholder Farms by introducing Solar Powered Mobile Cold Storage in Beiteshwor Rural Municipality of Dolakha District (Nepal). The underlying reason for the organization to start the project was the identification of multilayer challenges for Nepalese small farmers. First, the landscape of Nepal is mountainous and offers in most parts only small areas for farming and growing fruits and vegetables. This results in only small quantities of harvest. Secondly, regional markets are often too far away for small farmers too reach. Because farmers cannot keep vegetables and fruits fresh they either have to consume them themselves or sell them directly at a low price to an intermediary salesman. Third, the electricity supply to run a cooling system throughout the day is either not sufficient or available at all as 28% of the population still lack access to electric grids. For these underlying reasons PEEDA created a simple solution with great opportunities for these small farmers: a Solar Powered Cold Storage System with integrated batteries to run the cooler 24 hours even without sunny weather. 


PEEDA Team             Cold Storage System     Fruit Collection   Vegetables to be stored

The concept follows a simple idea, village communities store their fruits and vegetables collectively in the collection centre. This eventually creates the opportunity for bulks selling instead of each farmer selling small amounts and a sustainable supply chain for market vendors. After successful installation and test-running the system for two months PEEDA organized a workshop with government officials and representatives from civil society and private organizations. This workshop concluded with follow-up meetings of a private company interested in facilitating such system for apple farming in the mountains and announcement of Gandaki Province Government to contribute up to 1.500.000 Nepalese Rupees (50% of technology expenses) for this technology. Also, the following socio-economic outcomes have been observed by PEEDA: 

  • Reduction of Food Waste more than 50%
  • Employment opportunities for maintenance of the system 
  • Creation of business models for the farmers

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