This SEPS exchange aimed to develop a strong base of biodigester practitioners in Ecuador and to form linkages between actors with interest in the technology at local and national levels.
Exchange Need & ObjectivePrevious projects in the region had demonstrated a significant skills gap on biogas technology. This project aimed to fill that gap by working in three villages in Ecuador to develop a strong base of biodigester practitioners in Ecuador and forming relationships at local and national levels.
Participants & Target GroupsThe activities actively engaged researchers, government, civil society and farmers’ organizations, and in particular community groups and other actors able to replicate biodigester technology in Ecuador. A national-level event provided a platform to:
- Share local experiences.
- Raise awareness among public and international agencies.
- Promote existing replication capacity created through the exchange.
- Strengthen the national-level network.
Results & Impacts
- Significant progress in disseminating practical knowledge on biodigester technology and creating active and competent technicians capable of advancing the technology in their localities.
- Creation of locally and regionally appropriate training materials (written and visual).
- Participant numbers exceeded initial targets and included representatives from most Ecuadorian provinces (as well as bordering areas of Peru and Colombia).
- Most participants returned for follow-up training and discussions, which strengthened knowledge acquisition and the network’s sense of community.
- Support for pilot installations helped eight participants enhance their abilities. Informal surveys identified three additional participants who installed digesters on their farms using their own resources.
Lessons learnedPositive: The consecutive workshop format combining theoretical courses, hand-on training and field visits proved effective in building local technical capacity, raising awareness and promoting knowledge exchange between diverse actors. Negative: Reaching a more cohesive and active network of practitioners proved difficult.
Further efforts should focus on:
- Creating alliances with local and national actors to consolidate the workshops series format as a tool for building local capacity.
- Exploring ways of promoting mutual collaboration between individuals from diverse sectors, such as smallholders, academics and local authority staff.
The focus of this exchange activity is a social alliance and collective learning process between NGOs and rural communities from three regions of Colombia (Santander, Córdoba and Antioquia). It is based on the accumulated results achieved previously in a WISIONS supported project and ongoing community work in the field of renewable energy and sustainable livelihood strategies.
To customise biodigesters and solar dryers to meet cooking fuel demand and increase the quality and value of the cacao bean, as well as providing sustainable cacao cultivation training
The focus of the project is to demonstrate the potential for producing biogas from slaughterhouse wastewater treatment in Ecuador. Previous research in Bolivia has shown the viability of treating wastewater using tubular digesters with low cost anaerobic filters.