WISIONS of Sustainability
The main objective of WISIONS is to make clean energy a default solution for basic energy needs in developing regions, by helping local partners to identify successes and bring them to scale through regional networks, marketing and demonstration. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.
Biogas and Solar Drying Technologies for Cocoa Production in Ecuador
News from WISIONS posted on April 11th, 2016
The overall aim was to improve the livelihoods of rural families in Rioverde, Esmeraldas, Ecuador through the implementation of renewable energy (RE) technologies and sustainable agricultural practices. Although Rioverde is one of Ecuador’s poorest and most under-served regions, a growing market for sustainably produced cocoa beans, the region’s traditional cash crop, offers rural smallholders new opportunities.
The project’s objective was to improve cocoa production and processing in three communities, Felfa, Las Amazonas, and Estero Hondo, through the implementation of biogas digesters, passive solar dryers, and socio/technical training. The aims were to help restore the region’s fragile natural environment, reduce fossil fuel consumption and improve lives and livelihoods.
Responding to a variety of social situations in the three participating communities, management models for CRECER’s implemented technologies included elements of individual ownership, locally-elected committee administration and mixed communal/entrepreneurial approaches. As a result of the broad focus of CRECER’s training programmes (RE technician, cocoa cultivation, gender equity/local organisation improvement and environmental programmes), participation was open to many individuals in each community. Overall, more than 100 people attended courses covering areas including cocoa cultivation, social issues and environmental conservation themes.
To create local options for the replication of the technologies installed, the promoter/trainer course was largely hands-on and interest generated by the initial biogas digester construction is expected to create several additional sales in the Rioverde region in the next year, providing supplementary income, if not significant employment opportunities, to enterprising promoters.
The participation in CRECER's project appears to have been a catalyst for local community action in Felfa, as community members have come together to form a legally-registered grassroots organisation to formalise local leadership for future efforts and to channel requests for further training support.
Meet the WISIONS Team at the ARE-RECP Off-Grid Investment Forum 2016
News from WISIONS posted on April 5th, 2016
ARE is hosting a one-day Energy Access Investment Summit at ING headquarters to bring together key decision makers as well as institutional and business representatives to develop business strategies.
This event aims to discuss market conditions and key policy and financial initiatives on existing and upcoming rural electrification business opportunities in developing and emerging markets. It offers a chance for interested participants to understand where the opportunities lie and how you can take advantage of them, while also creating the appropriate networks to get engaged.
The summit is open to the private sector, financiers, the (inter)national and European public sector representatives, business networks and CSO that would like
- to meet ARE members and partners; and
- to venture or to expand investment and operations in rural electrification and renewable energy markets.
Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference
News from WISIONS posted on March 29th, 2016
Hivos, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity in Ethiopia are organising, in cooperation with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The conference has three specific objectives:
- To share knowledge on maximising the benefits of biodigesters (use of biogas and application of bioslurry), and other clean cooking solutions
- To offer opportunities to become involved in market development programmes as a policy maker, donor organisation or investor
- To improve implementation practice and speeding up market and sector development for biodigesters and other clean cooking solutions.
More information on the event is available at the conference's website here.