This project is completed

The project is undertaken in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Burkina Faso. By June 2018, 320,000 people have benefitted from ABPP.

The Africa Biogas Partnership Programme (ABPP) is a Public- Private Partnership engagement programme which aims to provide access-to-energy services through the installation of biogas digesters in partnership with local enterprises, NGOs, and governments. After a first phase, the focus for the second phase will be on improving customer service and climate finance opportunities through the sale of carbon credits on international markets.

For country specific information about the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme click on one of the links below this article.

This is the link to the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme website.

Key facts



To provide access to sustainable energy sources


To develop a viable and market-oriented biogas sector


To engage women and youth in low-carbon employment

Our results

250,000 beneficiaries
50,000 biodigesters
Benefits in health, income and living conditions
250,000 beneficiaries
50,000 biodigesters
Benefits in health, income and living conditions

Project in countries

National Biodigester Programme of Burkina Faso (PNB-BF)

Since January 2010, SNV Burkina Faso has been a technical partner of PNB-BF (National Programme of Biodigesters) along with the government of Burkina Faso. Our work in the domestic biogas sector is built on our worldwide recognition and hands-on-experience we gained through eighteen biogas programmes in Africa (through the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme) and Asia.

The objectives of this partnership is to create a sustainable sector focused on building bio-digesters in order to improve life conditions of the population, increase agro-pastoral production and fight against poverty in rural and peri-urban areas. As a key supporter of the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme, SNV has been active in the Burkina Faso biogas sector since 2009. SNV aims to support access to renewable energy technology for more than 150,000 people in Burkina Faso by 2015, including the creation of 1,000 jobs in the biogas value chain.

Based on phase I of the programme (6,014 biodigesters built and about 300 masons trained), the second phase will aim to create 14 biodigesters building enterprises cooperatives and to train about 10,000 actors, including households.

Overall objective of the programme

The second phase of the programme’s overall objective is to strengthen the contribution of the biodigester technology sector in the improvement of living conditions, food security and rural incomes through the use of commercial and non-commercial benefits of the biodigester.

The specific objectives of the GNP-BF Phase II are:

  • Support the construction of 18,200 quality biodigesters in the thirteen regions of the country;
  • Ensure continuous operation of all biodigesters (at least 90%) built since Phase I of the programme;
  • Ensure that at least 30% of the bio-digesters are built with a credit facility with a Micro Finance Institution or a bank;
  • Promote the participation of women in all programme activities;
  • Support 90% of customers in the integration of the biodigester in their agro-pastoral production system.
  • Ensure sustainable financing of biogas sector with carbon credit;
  • Improve access to basic energy solutions for cooking and lighting;
  • Create a commercially viable and sustainable biodigesters building market;
  • Promote the use of compost to increase agricultural productivity

Expected qualitative results:

  • Job creation
  • Increased income of rural and peri-urban households
  • Reduce the workload of women and girls
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Improve agricultural and animal productivity
  • Benefit from carbon credit financing

Expected quantitative results:

  • Building of 18,200 biodigesters
  • Energy Production: 183.164 [MWh]
  • Installed Capacity: 51.181 [kW]
  • Reduction of greenhouse gases emissions: 147.245 [t CO2e]
  • Reduction of deforestation: 12.148 [ha of forest]
  • Soil Nutrition: 107.864 [t (DM) digestat]
  • Substitution of conventional cooking sources of energy: fossil energy (butane gas):
  • 1.198 [t]
  • Number of people impacted: 41,560 [people]
  • Workload reduction (Women and Children) : 4,018 [persons per year]

Actions to achieve the results mentioned above:

  • Train bio-digesters actors and customers
  • Develop the bio-digester building private sector
  • Ensure quality and after-sales service
  • Organize the bio-digester building sector
  • Create / implement marketing & promotion tools
  • Register the programme on the carbon credit market
  • Develop biogas credit products
  • Adapt bio-digester to the context of Burkina Faso, a poor Sahelian country
  • Sign a carbon credit purchase agreement (Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement) with an entitled structure.

This is the link to the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme/Burkina Faso website.


Our experts

Aster Haile

Regional (Tigray) Manager - BRIDGE

Felix ter Heegde

Energy Sector Leader

Martijn Veen

Global Sector Head - Energy

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