Hivos, through its Africa Biogas Partnership Programme (ABPP) has, to date, facilitated the construction of 25,000 biogas digesters in six African countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Senegal. ABPP is now reaching 125,000 people, a feat it has achieved in just four years. Kenya is the best performing country, with Tanzania Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Uganda in close succession. .
For ABPP, this milestone is not only about the numbers, but an attestation of a successful market-oriented strategy in which the market provides a support system that enables households to benefit from biogas digesters in a sustainable way. Previously, despite several biogas dissemination initiatives, the number of digesters built throughout the continent had only been in the order of thousands, and many of them had fallen into disrepair or disuse.
With 7,594 digesters constructed in 2011, ABPP reached 86 percent of its annual target. This number outstrips other targets set by other private and public biogas initiatives.
The organisation’s goal is: “improving the quality of life of households (social, economic and environmental) through the stimulation of the emergence of a market oriented biogas sector”, and ABPP is committed to achieving this sustainably.
Using the number of households that has access to water and the number of domestic cattle per household as indicators, the technical potential for biogas in Africa stands at 18.5 million installations. Although 25,000 installations may seem a drop in the ocean in comparison, ABPP intends to multiply the number of ‘drops’ by up-scalling its project to 10 countries, e.g. namely Zambia Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Benin, and Ghana starting in 2014.
ABPP is a partnership between Hivos and SNV/Netherlands Development Organisation.