Hivos announces the ‘Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference’

January 7, 2016

Hivos, the Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation are organising a three-day conference on biogas and clean cooking. The conference will take place from 5 to 7 April 2016, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The use of household biogas and bioslurry has expanded across African countries. The Africa Biogas Partnership Programme (ABPP), financially supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been implementing national biogas programmes in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Burkina Faso since 2009.

ABPP is a partnership between Hivos and SNV, aiming at constructing 100,000 biogas plants to provide about half a million people access to a sustainable source of energy by the year 2017. ABPP supported the installation of nearly 60,000 biodigesters.

Biogas activities have also been present in Rwanda, Cameroon and Benin, and more recently, biogas projects have kicked off in Zimbabwe and Zambia. A growing number of enterprises are delivering quality products and services to meet the increasing demand for sustainable biogas solutions, and national markets are emerging. There is much to share and learn from these developments.

The conference has three specific objectives: 

  • To share knowledge on maximising the benefits of biodigesters (use of biogas and application of bioslurry), and other clean cooking solutions;
  • To offer opportunities to become involved in market development programmes as a policy maker, donor organisation or investor;
  • To improve implementation practice and speeding up market and sector development for biodigesters and other clean cooking solutions.

The conference includes one day of field visits to biodigester households, construction companies, bioslurry application sites, improved cook stoves producers and appliance producers. It is open to all interested stakeholders, and there is no registration fee.

Feel free to contact conference manager Fred Marree for further information: +31 (0)70 376 5500, but please note there is currently a waiting list due to a high number of responses.

You can download the conference announcement from the documents box in the right sidebar or using this link.