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Impressions from the 11th Annual RedBioLAC Conference

News from WISIONS posted on October 24th, 2019

Last week our partnership network RedBioLAC hold their 11th annual conference in Varadero (Cuba). Our project collaborator Dr. Willington Ortiz represented WISIONS at the conference and presented research and insights from WISIONS and the Wuppertal Institute. Read moreMinimize

RedBioLAC (short for Red de Biodigestores para Latino América y el Caribe) took place from 14 to 18 October 2019 and included various technical trainings, implementation of small and large scale biodigester facilities, exchanging knowledge about the technology, connection and networking of the participants and showcasing the own work at place. As the conference gathered more than 120 experts in biodigestion technology from 15 different countries, it attracted the interest of local media. See the RedBioLACs coordinator Mariela Pino, WISIONS project collaborator Dr. Willington Ortiz and Prof. Yuvan Contino explaining the significance of RedBioLAC and of the conference for the the Cuban local television broadcast service.Furthermore, the cuban news platform "Prensa Latina" covered the reporting from the conference with direction to an international and in particular Latin-American audience. The news article can be accessed by following the URL link (in spanish): Curso sobre biodigestores abre en Cuba XI Encuentro de la RedBioLAC.

The reporting coverage also included information dissemination through social media networks. In the following you can find several reports and pictures from the conference, technical tours and biodigester technology in general.

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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