Virtual forum strengthens manure management networking in the Americas

[Costa Rica]

The fifth virtual forum of a series to address technical issues confronting agriculture in the Americas proves to be a useful medium for the dissemination of knowledge and awareness about integrated manure management in the Latin American and Caribbean region. With participants from Colombia, Uruguay, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and the Dominican Republic, the forum contributes to a growing network of integrated manure management experts in the region.

In line with the designation of 2015 as the International Year of Soils, the fifth forum focused on biogas from agricultural and livestock waste. Its objective was to promote the use of biogas on farms by facilitating knowledge sharing among a diverse range of stakeholders. On-farm biogas systems not only manage waste sustainably, but can also provide valuable compost and soil amendments as well as generate renewable energy.

During the forum, the 20 participants shared their knowledge and experiences in the multiple co-benefits of biogas production for the environment, soil fertility, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The virtual forum is organized by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) in close collaboration with the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), The fifth forum was held on November 19th with participants from the agricultural, environment, and energy sectors, as well as members of academia, intergovernmental organizations, research organizations, and the private sector.

The forum is enabled by an ongoing, strategic alliance between IICA and FAO initiated in 2012. The alliance endeavours to strengthen technical cooperation on the work of these institutions related to sustainable, resilient, and productive agriculture in the Americas.