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19 February 2020

Resource Recovery for Food Security and Soil Health

Free online conference

Photo: Michael Gaida / Pixabay

Resource recovery is one of the keys to ensure agricultural productivity while mitigating climate and environmental risks of poor nutrient management. Learn more at this free e-conference which can be joined from any location with an internet connection.

Our global food system has created a number of challenges at the nexus of agriculture, sanitation, and water quality. Many soils are in poor health; mined of nutrients from decades of farming, or lacking them to begin with. This is particularly true for sub-Saharan Africa where poor soils throughout the region are a driver of low yields and resultant undernutrition and poverty. In other parts of the world, notably North America and China, overuse of chemical fertilizers leads to runoff that pollutes lakes and rivers.

One innovative solution to both these problems is resource recovery. Nutrients lost as human “waste” are then recaptured and properly treated for use in agroecological systems.

Resource recovery is a  modern way to provide sustainable sanitation systems, with the potential to be deployed both in cities and rural areas. Further, it offers a new growth sector for the economy, with waste collection and treatment potentially employing a large number of people, while supplying a more affordable, locally produced source of greatly needed fertilizer. In addition to fertilizer, waste-to-value chains can produce other outputs, such as energy and insects for animal feed.

This online conference aims to:

  • Assess the opportunities and obstacles to implementing waste-to-value chains for organic matter recycling
  • Take stock of what we have learned so far. When returning human wastes to soils, what works and what does not, and under what conditions?
  • Share and discuss this knowledge with practitioners in the field
  • Turn the evidence base into concrete recommendations to implement effective interventions

E-conference participants are invited to contribute to this online panel discussion and to continue the discussion on a dedicated online conference platform where they can discuss insights, exchange project results, ask questions, and discuss challenges with colleagues from around the world.

Read more and register.


From 19 February 2020 at 08:00 to 21 February 2020 at 10:00