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Milestone 500,000 biodigesters reached

Feb 27 2013

SNV’s Renewable Energy team is celebrating its latest milestone, with over half a million domestic biogas plants having been installed by SNV-supported programmes in 17 countries across Asia and Africa by the end of 2012.

As a result, some 2.9 million people are now benefiting from clean cooking energy and smoke-free kitchens. Workloads have been reduced and household health has been improved – especially for women and children. The biodigesters also produce a potent organic fertiliser, enabling increased agricultural production.

These achievements have been made possible with the support of many donors, in particular the Directorate General for International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. DGIS has supported the BSP in Nepal from its inception in 1992 up till 2010. Since 2003, DGIS has also been instrumental in co-financing the BP in Vietnam, and since 2006 in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Indonesia. Another five country programmes (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Burkina Faso) under the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme have been supported by DGIS since 2009.

Other donors that financially support the biogas programmes include German Development Bank (KfW), World Wildlife Fund, Blue Moon Fund, Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, Hivos, People in Need (PIN), the Netherlands Finance Development Company (FMO) and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).  Read full story here.

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