The Africompost Project is led by the GoodPlanet-Gevalor consortium in collaboration with ETC Terra. It offers to improve waste management by developing organic waste composting in 6 African cities. The sorting and the composting allow an improvement in the local processing of household waste whilst reducing its impact on the environment. Furthermore, the production of compost contributes to local agricultural development and the creation of jobs for the most disadvantaged populations.
After a first investment and empowerment phase, the financial sustainability of the composting units will be assured by the combined sale of compost and of methane emission reductions provided by the controlled processing of waste. [Learn More]
Duration of the project: 4 years (September 2011 to August 2015)
Total budget: 7.1 Million €
FFEM-AFD and French Ministries: 1.8 Million €; Self-financing of Municipalities: 2.8 Million €; Own resources: 1 Million €; Carbon Credits: 0.5 Million €
Remainder to be financed: 1 Million €
The Africompost project aims to install composting units of organic waste in 6 large African cities.
Following the project developed at Mahajanga, Gevalor and GoodPlanet will be replicating the approach in 6 African towns, in particular at Lomé (Togo). Three other composting sites likely to be situated in Cameroon, in Benin and in Madagascar will be progressively integrated according to their progress. In each of these countries, Gevalor, GoodPlanet and ETC Terra are working together with councils and organisations from the private sector or civil society in order to install composting units.
The composting unit is integrated within the waste management policy defined by the community. This community provides the collection of waste and allocates sites and is the owner of the installations and of the composting unit equipment. The local operator organisation from the private sector manages the composting unit, the raise in awareness of the population and the promotion of compost to farmers.
Through an adequate monitoring and training, the local composting operators will be totally autonomous by the end of a 4 to 6 year period. They will have a full understanding not only of the preparation and the sale of good-quality compost but also the monitoring of the methane emissions, which is necessary to obtain the carbon credits. These two sources of revenue will allow the financial balance of the operations. The transfer of skills accomplished by GoodPlanet and Gevalor will allow local partners to replicate themselves this experience within new cities and towns.
Environmental: each composting unit will enable the processing of up to 25,000t of waste per annum which will contribute to the sanitation of the city and will avoid the emission of 150,000t of equivalent CO2 over ten years.
Economic: the compost produced each year will enable the natural fertilisation of 1000 ha and will reduce the dependency of farmers upon imported fertilisers.
Social: each composting unit will create more than 100 direct jobs.
Durability: the sale of compost and of carbon credits will ensure sustainability of the unit and of the earnings generated.
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