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Biogas for a better life : an African initiative

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Abstract: A better life for two million households in Africa through implementation of domestic biogas plants was the ambitious target set at a May 2007 conference in Nairobi, Kenya, organized by the Biogas Africa Initiative. A national programme has already been started in Rwanda, while 10 other countries have started preparations. Generally speaking, biogas initiatives in Africa failed to grow from a product-based project approach implemented by a single actor towards a market-oriented programme approach in which various actors co-operate on the basis of institutional arrangements. An exception is Tanzania, where most of the plants in Africa have been built on a semi-commercial basis. But even here, a large-scale dissemination could not be achieved. More than 10 follow-up actions from the conference in Nairobi are to be implemented before the next conference in May 2008, including: (1) three to five countries will start implementation; (2) a website on the Biogas Africa Initiative ( will be maintained; and (3) desk and feasibility studies will be conducted in other countries.
Authors: Nes, W.J. van , Nhete, T.D.
Book or source title: Renewable Energy World
Country: Burkina Faso , Ethiopia , Ghana , Kenya , Mali , Rwanda , Senegal , South Africa , Sudan , Tanzania, United Republic of , Uganda
Category: General
End Page: 187
Serial number: July–August
Keywords: energy resources , sustainable development
Language: eng
Organization: SNV - Netherlands Development Organisation
Place: [The Hague]
Publisher: Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV)
Year: 2007
Region: Africa South of Sahara
Right: © 2007 SNV
Subject: Environment and Natural Resources
Start Page: 184
Title: Biogas for a better life : an African initiative