The biogas system brings numerous advantages for rural families. Women’s firewood-gathering workload is reduced, bioslurry applications raise harvest yields, bought-in chemical fertilisers are no longer needed. The money saved can be used for the children’s schooling.
Photo: IFAD

16.06.2014

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Access to modern renewable energy services are a key input to poverty eradication and in ensuring food security. Biogas is a renewable energy option suited to provide clean, modern and decentralised sources of energy. Portable systems, such as FlexiBiogas, offer a lot of advantages over traditional fixed dome systems.

Today, 2.5 billion people rely on traditional biomass fuels (wood, charcoal, and dung) as their principal source of energy for cooking and heating, and more than 80 per cent of them live in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Women are most affected by the consumption of firewood and charcoal. The smoke inhaled from the combustion of these traditional biomass sources causes chronic respiratory diseases and eye infections. The drudgeries related to daily firewood collection lead to back pains and exhaustion. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than one million people died from chronic obstructive respiratory diseases (COPD) in 2011.

Since May 2012, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has been assessing the potential of renewable energy technologies (RETs) to provide clean, modern and decentralised sources of energy. One of the promising RETs identified is the new-generation portable biogas systems, such as FlexiBiogas, developed by the Kenyan company Biogas International Limited (BIL).

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