Western Africa Biowastes for Energy and Fertilizer (WABEF)

The EU funded WABEF project (Western Africa Biowastes for Energy and Fertilizer) is a collaborative project of CIRAD, RUAF Foundation and institutions in Senegal (UCAD and IAGU), Benin (Songhai) and Mali (AEDR) that will disseminate viable anaerobic waste digestion technologies. 

Duration: Three years

Funding: European Union

Project partners: Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD, France, project coordination), RUAF Foundation (the Netherlands), Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD, Senegal). Institut Africain de Gestion Urbaine (IAGU, Senegal), Association d'Entraide pour le Développement Rural (AEDR, Mali) and Songhai Regional Centre (Bénin) 

Activities to be implemented (whole project):

  • Implementing an inventory of technologies employing anaerobic digestion of biowaste, adapted to the Sudano-Sahelian context
  • Development of a tool to compare and choose the most viable technology for a specific situation
  • Two existing waste treatment plants will be made operational as demonstrators
  • Technical and policy briefs will be developed
  • An on line distance learning module will be developed based on the project’s results
  • A regional school for practitioners and decision-makers’ enrichment will be organised

RUAF Foundation is involved in the inventory of technologies employing anaerobic digestion of bio-waste, coordinates the development of feasible business models for energy access using biogas and fertilizer access using bio-slurry, and coordinates the involvement of multiple stakeholders for joint learning and policy uptake of project’s results.

Expected results

  • Technical capacities of government agencies, private sector and civil society organisations in Western Africa to select and implement relevant and viable anaerobic waste digestion technologies have been enhanced
  • The access of peri-urban and rural  communities and industrial parks have been enhanced through biogas production
  • The production of local fertilizers for crops and ponds through bioslurry has been enhanced
  • The environmental impact of agricultural, industrial and municipal biowastes has been reduced, sanitation and water quality has improved and deforestation for fuel has been reduced

Please find here an initial project presentation:

Products produced:

  • Policy brief on Integrated development of biogas in West Africa (English and French)
  • Special WABEF issue of the Urban Agriculture Magazine (English and French)