Biogas in Kenya

Hivos Foundation | This project provides rural families in Kenya with domestic biodigestors. These allow individual households with livestock to reduce their dependence on environmentally damaging firewood and expensive fossil fuels.

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€22 / tonne

The Kenya biogas program provides biodigesters to individual households that are constructed by local enterprises throughout the country. The overall objective of the program is to develop a commercially viable biogas sector that supports the use of domestic biogas as a local, sustainable energy source.

Cooking on biogas has several advantages. It is fast and smokeless. It improves the health of especially women and children. Leftover slurry from the biogas process is an excellent organic fertilizer that can be applied to improve crop yields. Lastly, selling more vegetables provides families with extra income.

The approach of brokering partnerships between existing organizations and institutions, as well as starting new construction companies bears fruit. Since the start of the program in 2009, over 17,000 biodigesters have been built across Kenya. Entrepreneurship is encouraged and so far nearly 100 masons have started their own business entities. They receive business training tailored to their needs.

For the promotion of the biogas technology the program has established Biogas Marketing Hubs, often by partnering with agricultural cooperatives (dairy, coffee, tea, cereals). To enable eligible clients to take up the biogas technology, the program links farmers with rural micro finance institutions and saving cooperatives. 

Income from carbon credit sales benefit directly biogas users in forms of after-sales support, bioslurry training and other useful services. 

The program was originally founded by the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme (ABPP), a partnership between the Dutch government, Hivos and SNV Netherlands Development Organization.

UN Sustainable Development Goals