Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 8 October 2018 at 09:52

SNV and the Booming Biogas Business

I read an interesting interview with Bert van Nieuwenhuizen, chief technical advisor on shaping biogas markets in Africa.  This interview comes in two episodes; part one focuses on the fine art of building viable biogas markets, part two will explore the value of biogas in relation to climate change and food security. 

Quote: "We expanded our activities to Africa in 2009, when we started the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme. To date, we have supported the installation of more than 60,000 digesters in five African countries. Uptake was not as fast as in Asia, due to the lower level of income and the prevalence of zero grazing (when cows roam around freely it is hard to collect the dung). However, current dynamics are promising. The Kenyan market is vibrant, sales this year has already doubled compared to last year, partially because companies have now introduced prefab digesters onto the market. Also, biodigesters are becoming more

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Herman Scheepers I agree that the biodigesters are becoming more and more favourable to climate-smart solutions. My findings are that what is currently happening in the world is that NGOs present a business model that is too expensive for the poor and not equally accessible to all. Climate change solutions should not be available to those who has the personal income to apply it. Bert certainly knows this. Finding simple and cost-effective ways to still support SDGs 1 to 7 is something we focus on. Thank you for the info Wim.

2 months 2 weeks ago

Wim Goris Hi Herman, thanks for comment.  Do you see price of biodigesters coming down in next years? Under what conditions?  I am asking in comparison with solar panels.  People expect solar panels prices going down and volumes up. 

2 months 2 weeks ago

Herman Scheepers Wim, it is a very good question. The question of digester affordability has been around for a number of years between the two leading Dutch INGOs. My answer is certainly no, it will not become affordable based on the current SNV business model. The cost of labour and materials increase between 6 - 12% per annum. (Personal assessment in SE Asia). The business model should change where the cost of production reduces. The solar PV business model is a good example. I have spoken to a female agri-entrepreneur in biogas showing new possibilities for agri communities in need of free energy. We have established a working group for Africa to help "sandbox" new ideas around biogas creation that is cheap and effective for the poor. We have seen that farmers that need an energy source, do not have sustainable income to afford a "design" that could have been affordable otherwise. We will certainly provide updated stories from our "African geniuses" in our working group. (

2 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 28 September 2017 at 02:04

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Network Event #2 Jaringan AgriProFocus Indonesia

Network Event #2 AgriProFocus kali ini digabung dengan Learning Event, bekerjasama dengan Workout.ID. Acara ini merupakan kegiatan rutin AgriProFocus dengan tujuan menyediakan ruang bagi berbagai pihak yang bekerja di pertanian untuk berinteraksi dan berjejaring secara informal. Selasa, 12 September lalu tak kurang dari 35 anggota jaringan dan partner hadir memanfaatkan kesempatan berjejaring ini untuk untuk mendapatkan kenalan baru, promosi produk atau kegiatan, dan berbagi informasi seputar pertanian. Kami merangkum pitching yang dilakukan beberapa anggota selama acara berlangsung agar anggota yang tak sempat hadir tak ketinggalan informasi. Pitching tersebut dilakukan oleh:

Putra Aditya (YSEALI - Kedutaan Besar Amerika Serikat)

YSEALI adalah platform untuk anak muda seluruh asia tenggara berusia 18-35 tahun, yang memiliki inisiatif kegiatan di masyarakat dengan tema besar pendidikan, pembangunan berkelanjutan, partisi

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Energy for Agriculture Learning Day

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  21 August 2017 to 22 August 2017 - All Day Event
  Sinda and Feni, Eastern Province

Are you an organization, institution, company or farmer group interested to learning about the Energy for Agriculture project for the benefit of your farmers? Then join us for the Energy for Agriculture Learning Days in Sinda and Feni on 21st and 22nd of August 2017, respectively.

For details, contact Leah Banda on 0974244689 or send an email to

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 6 July 2017 at 10:52

Highlights of The Energy For Agriculture Learning Day In Chibombo District Central Province

The first ever Energy for Agriculture Learning Day was held in Chibombo district on 27th June, 2017. It was a fruitful meeting with representations from the private sector, NGOs, the government and cooperatives.

Farmer representatives argued that when it comes to deforestation, they do not have alternative sources of energy. Despite having acknowledged the harsh impact of climate change that they have experienced, they cannot afford utility bills for electricity hence the dependence on charcoal and firewood.

In an effort to address the challenge of deforestation yet meeting household energy requirements at farm level, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is piloting the Energy for Agriculture Project. The project promotes the construction of biodigesters which are fed with cow dung to produce biogas and bioslurry. Biodigesters convert animal dung and other organic materials into comb

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 16 May 2017 at 08:13

Promoting Sustainable Energy Sources

Are you a livestock farmer who is wondering what to do with the animal waste? Do you know that you can produce electricity and bio-slurry out of that waste? Have you heard about the Zamdigester Model?

Energy for Agriculture (E4A) project  implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation has introduced a fixed-dome biodigester named Zamdigester. It is entirely made with locally available materials and local labour. When the Zamdigester is fed with the animal waste/any organic waste, it produces electricity for household use and bio slurry which is good organic fertilizer for your garden. The following are the benefits of using a Zamdigester;

1. Up to 40% increase in agriculture production due to use of high quality organic fertilizer- bio slurry.

2. Can use the electricity produced for milk chilling and radiant heating, cooking, etc.

3. Saving of traditional cooking fuel such as firewood up to 4,000 to 6,000 KG/year and  c

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 31 January 2017 at 02:04

Do you people know anything about Biogas Loans ? An opportunity that you must not miss. The ABPPII is here to make sure all Ugandan farmers access Bio gas. Please don't make your Women , sisters ,aunties cry in the Kitchen preparing your meal. This is easy and affordable. 

Tike Willy Ruth kindly elaborate on this biogas loans, how does one qualify to get this and what packages are available.

1 year 11 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 26 July 2016 at 01:01

Hello everyone, i have recently developed prototypes for a soybean roaster (uses briquettes, a clean energy fuel but also has a 20% increase in efficiency) together with an automatic chicken feeder. The challenge am currently facing is the commercialization and scaling of these prototypes, any gracious soul here to help me with advice or support for scaling and commercialization is welcome. my contact is 0771654397 or email: I am also interested  in bio-gas generation and usage, a field am trying to implement and assess the potential for scalability. thanks and be blessed

Fortunatus MLYANDENA hi

2 years 5 months ago

Mugisha Richard Share your view on agri-insurance

2 years 5 months ago

Fortunatus MLYANDENA Hello Mugisha please i hope to hear more from agri- insurance

2 years 5 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 20 June 2016 at 09:19

Final Report on Market Opportunities for Biogas and Bioslurry in Zambia

AgriProFocus and SNV (under the Energy for Agriculture project) commissioned a market analysis study in biogas and bio-slurry to address the challenges, highlight the opportunities and inform on strategies for the successful uptake of biogas and bioslurry in the agriculture sector in Zambia.

Objectives included:
a) Provide summarised industry, market, competitive and customer analysis on otherenergy sources (including renewable energy options) available to farmers, in relation to the potential of biogas/bioslurry products.
b) Identify and analyse market opportunities; namely preferred uses for biogas and bio-slurry that stakeholders should prioritize in specific markets.
c) Identity and analyse (strength, weaknesses and opportunities) the potential of available marketing hubs as channels to market the uptake biogas and bioslurry.
d) Identify gaps and analyse investment opportunities to improve uptake of biogas and bio-slur

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Sylvester Chisala Dear Nosiku, This is really a good documentation. I have loved it and I would like to venture into the same immediately I purchase my own farm land. Please keep it put in sharing such informative documents. Regards, Sylvester Chisala

2 years 7 months ago


Energy Validation Meeting

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  20 May 2016, 09:00-12:00

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 March 2016 at 10:15

10,000 biogas plants to be installed in Tanzania with support from the Government & Norwegian Embassy

Following the implementation of 12,000 bio-digesters that benefited over 70,000 people, SNV, with support from the Tanzanian Government and the Norwegian Embassy, will install an additional 10,000 biogas plants from 2016 to 2018. This project will help to increase access to clean, modern energy in rural and peri-urban areas of the country.

Read about this story and many more on our brand new website. With a user-friendly interface, it provides quick access to all the information you need to learn about our work around the world. Sections include:

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 22 July 2015 at 06:05

In 2014 SNV- Zambia constructed   8 demo units in order to show case the benefits of domestic biogas in providing clean energy for cooking, lighting and productive use from a product that is otherwise waste

Biogas can not only provide energy for milk chilling, but for piglet warming, production of heat for improved rearing of chicks, energy for hot water to improve milk collection and safety by sterilising milk collection and storing equipment, as well as the bio slurry that enhances agricultural production without further damaging and degrading the environment.  The bio-slurry discharged from the installation retains all nutrients originally present in the feeding material and how uses the organic fertilizer in his  garden. Proper application has proven to provide higher yields than comparable fertilization with manure and it provides a viable solution to nutrient depletion of many agricultural soils in Zambia.The market potential in Zambia encompasses pig, poultry and dairy fa

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Claire van der Kleij Thanks Kenan for sharing this! This is great work!

3 years 6 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 20 April 2015 at 09:00

Venez visiter notre installation pilote de biogaz à Bujumbura !

Cette installation pilote est composée de deux citernes à eau, de 1 m³ et 1,5 m³ (1.000 litres et 1.500 litres) de volume. La petite citerne contient le gaz (citerne à gaz) et est positionnée à l'envers dans la grande citerne (citerne de fermentation) qui contient un mélange de bouses de vache et d'eau.

Par jour, on produit du biogaz pour la cuisson (2-3 heures) et on obtient un engrais liquide organique !

RUSHIGAJE Voici une autre opportunité à exploiter. Dans la filière café, le problème de traitement des déchets solides (pulpes) et liquides (mucilage) au niveau des stations de lavage est pertinent. Dans la plupart des stations de lavage, seule la pulpe est ramassée pour fertiliser les champs tandis que le mucilage est percolé dans des fosses septiques sans récupération ultérieure. La valorisation de la pulpe et du mucilage en énergie serait pour ces stations une solution salutaire en résolvant la pénurie d'électricité.

2 years 11 months ago

ELYSE MUHORAKEYE Bonjour Benedikt, vous pouvez mettre vos produits ainsi que leur prix dans la "place de marché" qui est reservé pour la vente ou la pub. Comme cela , vos produits seront connus de beaucoup de gens.

2 years 11 months ago

Benedikt Maibaum J'ai déjà fait un petit étude sur ce problème, surtout en vue des certifications des standards (p.ex. Starbucks ou C4 Association), mais également en respect des normes au Burundi. Les eaux usées des stations de lavage sont fortement "contaminées" avec la matière organique (à voir selon la demande chimique en oxygène ou besoin en oxygène biologique, les deux sont tres élevés). L'ordonnance ministerielle de 2014 demande p.ex. pour le café un DCO de 150, et un DBO de 30. Les valeurs sont aussi applicables pour les laiteries, les abattoirs, brasseries, huileries. Avec la téchnologie anaerobique de la méthanisation, un traitement est faisable. Il se pose finalement la question qui sera en charge pour le financement ... Les avantages sont visibles (énergie, consommation réduite de bois, protection des eaux naturelles et des forêts etc.). Quand même, nous sommes intéressés de travailler sur le traitement efficace des eaux usées et de faire la recherche avec des autres acteurs.

2 years 11 months ago

Benedikt Maibaum Bonjour Elyse, oui, je vais le faire dès que le "produit final" est finalement erigé et en fonction au sol burundais. Merci

2 years 11 months ago

RUSHIGAJE Concernant le financement, une voie sûre est celle des responsables des stations de lavage. Actuellement, certaines de ces coopératives sont en cours de la demande de certification "commerce équitable" du Fairtrade International. Je suis en train de m'occuper de 9 coopératives qui manifestent la volonté de s'engager dans cette certification à travers le financement de l'ONUDI. Or, l'octroi de certificat exige le respect des normes environnementales telles que le traitement des déchets solides et liquides de la station, la réduction de l'émission des gaz à effet de serre,... Vous pourrez également contacter l'ONG Christian Aid au Burundi. Il y a un projet qui finance les coopératives des caféiculteurs dans la réalisation de certaines activités nécessitant des investissements énormes telles que les adductions en eau potable, la réhabilitation ou la construction des infrastructures de traitement des eaux usées.

2 years 11 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 20 April 2015 at 08:49

La réhabilitation des anciennes installations biogaz au Burundi est possible !

Au Burundi, le biogaz avait déjà joué son rôle dans le passé. Selon des sources différentes, il y avait environ 300 digesteurs au pays, construits dans les années 1980-1993. Biogaz du Burundi a déjà identifié plusieurs de ces anciens sites qui, entre outre, ont utilisé le biogaz pour la cuisson ainsi que pour la réfrigération (frigo à gaz). Comme la technologie et le marché mondial pour des applications se sont beaucoup développés dans les dernières années, le biogaz peut contribuer significativement à l’électrification rurale.

Connaissez-vous une ancienne installation? Faites-nous signe, nous pouvons la réhabiliter, mettre en marche et fournir le matériel nécessaire.

Comme l'installation est déjà là, la réhabilitation est à faible coût!

ELYSE MUHORAKEYE le système de biogaz est très intéressant car il permet l'éclairage dans le milieu rural est encore il protège de la déforestation en remplaçant le bois de chauffe.

3 years 6 months ago

RUSHIGAJE Oui, je connais des installations de biogaz au Lycée de MURORE (en province CANKUZO, commune GISAGARA). C'est le biogaz qu'on se servait d'énergie au laboratoire de Chimie et Physique. D'autres installations se trouveraient en commune GISAGARA même (2), au Lycée de MUYAGA également. Je cite des endroits dont je connais très bien

2 years 11 months ago

Benedikt Maibaum Merci pour les informations!

2 years 11 months ago

RUSHIGAJE Je vous en prie

2 years 11 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 16 March 2015 at 01:41

Job Opportunity: Renewable Energy Consultant 

SNV Uganda is seeking a Renewable Energy Consultant to support the Renewable Energy

team. SNV has been working in the Renewable Energy Sector for the last 4 years, providing technical

support to the African Biogas Partnership Programme.

Duty Station:

Kampala with up to 3 weeks per month (Monday to Friday) travel to Eastern Uganda

Contract Period:

9 months, full time preferred, but willing to negotiate weekly working hours

Desired Start Date: no later than 1st April 2015

Deadline for Submission: 20th March 2015

Find details here

Interested candidates can send their 

i) Motivation letter,

 ii) An updated Curriculum Vitae;

iii) Names and contact details of three professional referees.

iv) Concrete examples of proven experiences as indicated above will be an added value.

Applications should be sent via email to

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 25 November 2014 at 03:51

Is anyone familiar with an operational small-scale biogas system near Lira?  If so, could you reply with contact information?  Thanks.