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  • NEW: 21-22 May 2021: Food quality, solar cooking, drying, farming, gardening online conference - Sponsored by The Solar Centre Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany. Speakers will be—among others—Deepak Gadhia, Seggy Segaran, Dave Oxford, Stewart Maclachlan, Ivan Yaholnitsky, Celestino Ruivo and Juana María Hernández Jarquín. The presentations on the 21st will be in English, and on the 22nd auf Deutsch. Program and Registration information...
  • NEW: Webinar: 4 July 2021, 13:00 GMT: CONSOLFOOD: Baking bread in your solar cooker - Cooks are invited to send a 90 second maximum, video showing how to bake bread using the sun. Selected webinar videos will be compiled in a YouTube playlist for ease of presentation during the webinar. Submission period has been extended! Video requirements
  • NEW: 23-30 June 2021, 17-23 December 2021: Solar Cooking Awareness Week - A loosely organized bid to acknowledge the fun and benefits of solar cooking. Show someone how to solar cook and share a meal.
See also: Global Calendar of Events and past events in Guinea

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Students from the Université Nongo de Conakry(UNC) with their recently assembled CooKit solar cooker - Photo credit: Abdoulaye Sadio Diallo

  • July 2018: Two day training in Conakry - Abdoulaye Sadio Diallo conducted two days of training with students from the Université Nongo de Conakry (UNC), Guinea, from 12-13 June 2018. Instruction included the building of CooKit panel cookers from recycled materials, and the use of SK-14 German parabolic solar cooker.
  • February 2018: Abdoulaye adio Diallo shared an update of the Association Des Volontaires Guineens Pour l' Environnement's recent solar cooking work:
    • For three weeks in May - June, 2015, the group trained 86 students, teachers, and community members of different nationalities at the Institute of Rural Development of FARANAH, a rural development university. An SK14 parabolic solar cooker was used to cook food for participants along with the 173 CooKits which were built during the training between 23 May and 5 June 2015. The SK14 parabolic cooker was gifted to the University to encourage the staff to continue research on various food processing methods and techniques.
    • In July 2016, a 3-day training was held for youth leaders in a sub-regional West African catholic scouts camp. During the training, 69 CooKits were built and an SK14 parabolic cooker was used as well.
    • A CooKit made of recycled materials, including cartons collected from a local market, aluminum from a restaurant, and locally made glue was presented to delegates of the Guinean Ministry of Environment and Forests who were attending COP23 in November 2017 in Germany.
  • March 2016: Diallo Sadio Abdoulaye reports that the Association Des Volontaires Guineens Pour l' Environnement has been promoting solar thermal cooking for twenty-two years in Guinea and other areas of West Africa. He feels by training young people with sustainable employment opportunities is helping to fight against the appeal of terrorist organizations. He is hoping to attract the attention of an NGO willing to help with their efforts.
  • August 2000: Volontaires Guineens pour l’Environnement reports they have been working on solar cooker production and promotion in Guinea since 1995. “For every one cooker that is bought, we always make sure that we fabricate one for a poor family in the rural village,” writes Diallo Sadio Abdoulaye. “By this system, we have now put in place about 250 cookers just for the village population.” Mr. Diallo reports that the Voluntaires have a solar cooking training staff but have trouble obtaining the necessary materials for building cookers.

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Association des Volontaires Guineens Pour l' Environnement

A long lasting effort in Guinea is found in the work of a solar pioneer in that country, Diallo Abdoulaye Sadio, who has spearheaded an effort which has produced hundreds of solar cookers, both box type and panels. The organization, called Association des Volontaires Guineens Pour l' Environnement, has made and sold cookers on a plan that permits the free distribution of one cooker, to a family in a rural village, for each one they are able to sell. Occasionally they have trouble locating materials, but have a staff well trained in the training of others, and in the producing of cookers.

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