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Development of biogas in Senegal

with Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (AVSF) association

The Air Liquide Foundation is supporting a biogas pilot project in the Ferlo region carried out by the Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (AVSF) association, which has worked, for over 35 years, with the most vulnerable rural communities and peasant organizations

Biogas, an alternative energy

Senegal is one of the countries the most exposed to the effects of climate change. The Ferlo region has more than half the herds of cattle and flocks of sheep in the country. This arid zone, home to 350,000 people, has suffered a considerable deterioration of its ecosystems, and in particular growing pressure on wooded areas.

Faced with a shortage of electricity and difficulties in accessing the conventional network, wood remains the principal energy source for families. That is why the AVSF association is currently conducting an experimental project on biogas with the installation of biodigesters that turn excrement from cattle, sheep and poultry into energy. This project’s goal is to develop an alternative energy that is a genuine lever of social and economic development for Le Ferlo’s rural communities.

Biogas's benefits

Biogas production makes it possible to:

  • produce energy to cover domestic needs: lighting and cooking,
  • control methane emissions from the outdoor fermentation of animal excrement
  • lighten the tasks of cutting and carrying wood, tasks handled by women
  • reduce smoke from burning wood that children inhale in the kitchens, and consequently decreases the risks of respiratory and ocular infections

Development of biogas in Senegal

The Air Liquide Foundation's involvement

The Air Liquide Foundation funds the installation of 8 biodigesters for the benefit of 550 people. Wood and butane savings have been achieved from the first few months of installation.  A total of 46 units have been installed by AVSF in Le Ferlo region.

Awarded at the Air Liquide Foundation Awards 2016

The association Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières received in 2016 the Air Liquide Foundation Award for Social Innovation, rewarding this project as well as a project helping Brazilian peasants boost their production. Discover the interview of Frédéric Apollin, Executive Director of AVSF.

The 2016 Air Liquide Foundation Awards: interview of Frederic Apollin, from Agronomes et Veterinaires sans Frontières


  • Project initiator: Agronomes et Vétérinaires sans Frontières (AVSF)
  • Location: Ferlo region, Senegal
  • Year of support: 2013
  • Air Liquide sponsor: Olivier Robberechts, Air Liquide Sénégal

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