African Biogas Partnership program constructs biogas digesters in Africa

After Kenya, now Tanzania too crosses the 10,000

Posted on 24 September 2014


October last year, Kenya celebrated the commissioning of the 10,000th bio-digester in October last year with a ceremony attended by the Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ms Lilianne Ploumen.

Tanzania followed suit with another 10,000 installations reported under the ABPP in September 2014. This milestone was celebrated during an inauguration by Tanzania’s First Lady, Mama Salma Kikwete, amongst other dignitaries, on 10 September 2014. Tanzania’s Rural Energy Agency (REA) confirmed its contribution to biogas market development in the country, with support from NORAD.

The biogas digesters have been constructed through the Africa Biogas Partnership Program (ABPP), a Public Private Partnership between  Hivos,  SNV and Directorate General for International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

ABPP is scaling up sustainable results by partnering with local enterprises, NGOs and governments in Sub-Saharan Africa and making this partnership a truly Dutch/ African partnership.
ABPP supports five national biogas programs in Africa:  in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Burkina Faso, through a combination of investments, trade and grants. 

By the end of August 2014, more than 43.000 biogas digesters have been constructed in the five ABPP countries, providing some 190.000 people with access to a clean, safe, sustainable and affordable source of energy.

Connecting of latrines to the digesters also improves the sanitation and reduces communicable diseases. In most countries where ABPP operates, toilet connection is still emerging. In Ethiopia, around half of the digesters have latrines connected. In Uganda, this is around 10 percent. Taboo associated with human feaces however, remains obstacle to connection of latrines to the biogas plants.

The ABPP extends the biogas program as from 2014 to reach another 100,000 households by 2017 in the 5 ABPP-countries.

This news item was originally published on the websites of SNV, Hivos and African Biogas Partnership Programme.

More information:
Africa Biogas Partnership Program
Nairobi, Kenya  
+254 789 451729


The overall objective of the ABPP is to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals through sustained construction of domestic biogas plants as a local, sustainable energy source.

This will be fulfilled through development of a commercially viable and market-oriented biogas sector. In particular, women benefit from fewer health hazards, reduced costs for cooking fuel, and time savings.


43.000 biogas digesters

Current status
ABPP Phase II 2014-2017


The social and economic benefits of domestic biogas for rural households are enormous and diverse. These benefits are to be found in

  • improved health and sanitation;
  • workload reduction; 
  • increased agricultural production; 
  • reduced use of non-renewable fuels; 
  • improved lightning situation.

Application of bio-slurry (an organic fertilizer) in the agricultural fields has greatly improved soil fertility and has boost production thus reducing incidences of hunger and malnutrition as well as providing income streams for the households.

Lessons learned
The programme, even when it was desinged as a sector development programme, learns that supporting the private sector in the implementation cannot start too early. 

Technologies used

Project location

Project partners

  • SNV Netherlands Development Organisation