Through this commitment, Sistema Biobolsa (Biobolsa) will establish development programs in five key areas of the Caribbean, with the goal of installing 1,000 waste-to-resource biodigester systems and providing market access to the technology to over 150,000 small farmers in the region. To achieve this goal, Biobolsa will build new markets by applying its existing platform to five Caribbean nations where it will work with governments, NGOs, and businesses to start biogas programs. In each country, Biobolsa will develop research partnerships, build distribution channels, develop funding strategies, and launch outreach programs. Biobolsa will undertake these activities through capacity building, network creation, and outreach to connect with local stakeholder and decision makers to lay groundwork for the deployment of biodigester technology in the region.
This market-based approach builds off of best practices in biogas development, and is driven by economic opportunities in the agriculture, energy, and waste sectors. Using connections with research institutions and agricultural promoters, the project will launch in new Caribbean nations through the implementation of pilot projects. Demonstration events at these sites will be designed to create market demand, attract and engage institutional partners, and attract further investment. Biobolsa seeks to create alliances that will allow the purchasing power of small farmers to be leveraged using micro finance structures. It also seeks state and NGO support to help fund early adopters and establish demonstration systems. Strategic outreach with governments and NGOs, to connect with key actors, will enable Biobolsa to implement poverty reduction, food security, and pollution prevention programs through the use of its technology.
This approach is based on over eight years of program development in Mexico and pilot programs in eight other Latin American countries. Sistema Biobolsa brings a unique skill set and infrastructure surrounding biodigester implementation, training, and program development to the Caribbean region with innovative technology, capacity building, and financing tools. The program brings specific capacity in impact monitoring and reporting, and will use data-backed results to push the program forward.
Dec 2013: Develop stakeholder outreach model through expansion of Haiti biogas program
June 2014: Implement stakeholder outreach program in Dominican Republic; start of Haiti program development
Dec 2014: Engage stakeholders in two additional Caribbean nations; start of Dominican Republic program and continuation of Haiti program; complete distribution and outreach plan for Caribbean region developed.
Dec 2015: Engage a total of five additional Caribbean Nations stakeholders, with program advancements in at least three.
Dec. 2016: Engage an additional five stakeholders, with market access to technology and program advancements in a total of five countries.
Dec 2017: Establish a full open platform for distribution and implementation of biodigester technology that can serve all five Caribbean nations; market access and program advancements in those nations.
Caribbean nations face pressing challenges related to agriculture, energy, and waste sectors that leave the region vulnerable to food, energy, and economic crisis. The same development issues that surround these key sectors are more acute in island nations given their inherently limited space, natural resources, challenging soils, and unique climate conditions.
Caribbean nations are net importers of food, importing as much as 90% of their food supply in some cases, and over half in most. Poor soil conditions, costly agricultural inputs, and a lack of education on agricultural best practices aimed at improving food security leaves areas of the Caribbean with issues of under nutrition and an unsustainable food supply. Energy supplies in the Caribbean are also underdeveloped, fossil fuel intensive, and in some countries still largely based on biomass in the form of charcoal. Energy costs, and health and environmental impacts from energy use in much of the Caribbean lock communities into cycles of poverty. Waste management is also a key issue in Caribbean nations due to shallow aquifers and many water systems that rely on surface water supplies. Agricultural runoff has severe effects on costal marine habitats, a key resource of Caribbean states.
Sistema Biobolsa seeks to address these critical agricultural, energy, and waste issues in the Caribbean using an integrated technology, financing, and capacity building program to improve the agricultural sectors of Latin America. Sistema Biobolsa technology converts organic farm waste - animal, agricultural, or human waste - into a nutrient-rich biofertilizer; a byproduct of the process is a methane-rich natural gas that can be converted into thermal, electrical, or mechanical energy.
Sistema Biobolsa continues to seek collaboration with funding partners, social businesses working with small farmers, media groups that promote social impact work or those that may be able to add specific technical or business expertise to their efforts.
Sistema Biobolsa offers turn-key biogas programs to support the strategic goals of countries, states, and organizations that look to launch high impact waste-to-energy initiatives with smallholder farmers or medium scale agricultural businesses. The company offers high quality biogas systems and a full program of capacity building and sector development to create a lasting impact for the food productivity and renewable energy capacity of small farmers.