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PROMOTING BIOGAS TO IMPROVE WOMEN’S LIVELIHOOD AND COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

Started by: ecoecolo



Description:

PROMOTING BIOGAS TO IMPROVE WOMEN’S LIVELIHOOD AND COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

The project consist to promote the biogas production in some communities in Benin to produce biogas and electricity by managing household biodegradable waste, food production waste, animal dropping to contribite de improve women's livelihoods and health ans to combat deforestation and climate change. 

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Reasons for working in this topic, project or business:

First ECO ECOLO is on the head of Benin alliance for Clean cookstoves wich objective is to contribute to  save women lives, improve their  livelihoods, empower them, and fight against deforestation and  climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and  efficient household cooking solutions through a public-private
partnership. 

ECO ECOLO through its activities of biodiversity conservation and the fight against climate change has always invested in the promotion of improved stoves to reduce logging and women's diseases related to smoke and clean energy.

 

 

Root causes of the problems in this field and main barriers:

 Exposure to smoke from traditional cookstoves and open fires is the fifth worst health risk factor in poor countries and leads to nearly 2 million premature deaths of mostly women and young children each year more than twice the mortality from malaria, without taking account of million others suffering from cancer, pneumonia, heart and lung diseases, blindness, and burns.

These observations underline the critical need of innovative and equitable management of the energy sector for truly sustainable development of African country. In Benin – where on average 85% of the population uses polluting domestic energy for cooking .

At the present time, 86% of our forests have disappeared. With government law which controlled forest resources usage, it is so difficult to have wood. By consequence, the price of wood is so high and the gas GPL is not easily accessible to this population. Just 10%  of the population use it. It is important to mention that the 60% of food-production consumed in the south of Bénin come from Bénin middle. It is also important to notify that it is by Bénin middle (Kétou) that cattles of Togo, Niger and Burkina-Faso  transit to Nigeria.  The pollution in these communities is high due to animal dropping and food-production waste which are difficult to manage there.

 

What is needed to overcome barriers to implement solutions:

Financial resources are important to implement the project.

Specific needs and/or support requests:

Human resouces, equipment to build the biodigester and power equipment, stoves to use the biogas.

Suggested best local solution for this topic:

The biogas promotion in Bénin middle will help to reduce cooking energy deficit in 100 household, to recycle biodegradable wastes daily to charge the digester of principal beneficiary, to produce organic fertilizer which will be sold to the market gardeners, to reduce soil erosion caused by chemical fertilizers, to improve the living standing of all persons who will use this technology, help communities authorities to resolve their problems according to wastes management.

Women are the first beneficiaries of this project due to the elimination of the drudgery of research firewood and smoke exposure that makes them sick and reducing cooking time. This allows them to better develop their income-generating activities and ensure their independence.

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Networking opportunities:

Yes.

the project through the distribution of fertilizer to agricultural producers will create a business network for women in beneficiary households of the project and the women farmers or intermediaries saleswomen of fertilizer.the achievements of the project will be shared within the alliance clean cookstoves Benin

 

 

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