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 production makes it possible to:
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.
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.