Everyday, humans generate millions of tons of waste. But this waste — rich in water, nutrients, energy and organic compounds — isn’t properly managed. Meanwhile, farmers wrestle with water scarcity and depleted soils.
In 2018, researchers at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) published Resource Recovery from Waste, a book examining how Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) offers solutions to challenges of waste management and sanitation. The business models proposed include methods for transforming human waste into fertilizer, food waste into biogas and wastewater into irrigation sources.
Now, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs involved with business opportunities in these sectors can enroll in the online course "Resources, Recovery and Reuse (RRR) Entrepreneurship.”
Developed by researchers at IWMI and experts at cewas, this series offers weekly video lectures and worksheets, as well as useful links and reading recommendations. The program, recommended to take eight hours of work per week, will prepare individuals who are beginning businesses related to RRR.
The course was launched in late August during Stockholm World Water Week, and is made available through the Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management Toolbox, an online resource for audiences ranging from decision makers and NGOs to industrial water users and farmers.
In addition to this program, WLE/IWMI researchers are working to implement the model into the curricula of 19 colleges and universities.
This course was developed by researchers at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) / CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), and business development experts at cewas – coaching entrepreneurs in water and sanitation. Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).