Scaling up the use of biogas technology in rural Senegal
This case study summarizes the experience of installing and scaling-up biogas units in order to mitigate the degradation and deforestation in the region of Ngaye Mekhe (west-central Senegal). The region is experiencing progressive land degradation, declining soil fertility and the unsustainable harvesting of firewood, mostly for domestic cooking. To reverse these ongoing factors, that are also causes and effects of climate change, a pilot phase and deployment phase of biogas unit were performed through a strategic partnership with the National Program of Biogas (PNB) and the SIDI (bilateral funding partner). This occurred under the guidance of the union of farmers' organizations of Mekhe (UGPM), working in partnership with the Union of Agricultural Producers of Quebec, Canada. By providing loans for the upfront cost investment, the microfinance arm of the UGPM facilitated the installment of the first pilot biogas unit. To ensure a sustainable project intervention (long-term impacts), the UGPM unit has also organized and run a set of technical training sessions (digester construction, quality control, marketing and commercial strategies, etc.).
Source of funding
- Mix of National Biogas Program –PNB: national subsidy for the beneficiaries
- Microfinancial Institution of UGPM-CREC: grants/loans for the beneficiaries
- SIDI (Solidarité Internationale pour le Développement et l’Investissement): Provided loans/grants for the CREC
- beneficiaries (in-kind/monetary contribution)