The Potential of Small-Scale Biogas Digesters to Alleviate Poverty and Improve Long Term Sustainability of Ecosystem Services in Sub-Saharan Africa
- DFID-University of Aberdeen
The New and Emerging Technologies Research Competition (NET-RC) seeks to identify the key challenges and barriers that may be reducing the impact of technologies on the lives of poor people and help to identify some of the key technologies that could form the basis of further work. In this project we have considered energy production using small scale biogas digesters in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), a technology that is already improving the lives of poor people in many parts of the developing world (Polprasert, 2007), but has to-date had only limited uptake in Africa (Walekhwa et al, 2009).
This project reviewed the potential sources of information and developed an analysis of potential costs and benefits of biogas digesters using information from the literature. Reviews of different factors influencing successful implementation of biogas digesters in SSA were presented at a 4-day workshop held at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Key players researching into different aspects of biogas digesters and people working in extension, implementation of the technology and policy were invited to participate in the workshop. Following the workshop, selected participants were invited to contribute ideas on the implementation of small scale biogas digesters in SSA for incorporation into a fuller proposal for submission in Phase 2. The ideas were formalised at a half-day workshop, held at James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland, and further refined at a 3-day workshop held at Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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