Kenya National Domestic Biogas Programme (KENDBIP)

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Programme/Project Development Objective (PDO)

The programme covers a period of 4 year from 2010-2014 supported by SNV & Hivos.


The project has a country wide coverage main focus on potential regions like Rift valley, Central, eastern, Nyanza and Western


Overall Objective is: To contribute to the achievement of the MDGs through the development of a commercially viable, market-oriented biogas sector and dissemination of 8,000 domestic biogas plants in rural areas in kenta over a period of 4 1/2 years

Specific Objective

  • To increase the number of good quality and operational household biogas plants by approximately 8,000 new units in a period of 4½ years.
  • To strengthen institutions enabling sustainable development of the biogas sector.
  • To ensure the continued operation of all biogas plants installed under the programme.
  • To optimize benefits that are currently underdeveloped in the Kenya biogas sector, specifically related to OUTPUT Environment and energy access MDG 1 and 7 Reduce deforestation and desertification Control GHG emission from livestock and organic waste disposal Recycle nutrients and restore soil fertility Promote environmental awareness and link it with economic advantages Outcomes: CO2 equivalent emissions avoided 73,623 tonnes Savings on fuelwood - 37,388 tones, valued at KES 194.4m (approx. EUR 1.9m). Savings on charcoal - 13,460 tonnes, valued at KES 250.3m (approx. EUR 2.4m). HEALTH; MDG 4,5 & 6 Biogas stoves substitute conventional cook stoves and energy sources, virtually eliminating IAP and, hence, the related health risks.
  • Improve access to sanitation, hygiene education and reduce related illnesses Reduce accidents from open fire Reduce parasitic infections, diarrhoea and other water and vector borne diseases Outcomes:
  • Significant improvement of the health of over 15,000 men and women and 38,300 children AGRICULTURE; MDG 1 Enhance integration of agriculture and animal husbandry for improvement of agricultural resources Enhance food security by improving agricultural yields through application of biogas slurry Outcomes: Savings on plant nutrients (NPK) by about 60 per cent Increased organic matter in the soil - better fertility and food output by about 10 - 30 per cent. SOCIO-ECONOMIC; MDG 1,2 & 3 Reduces the burden collecting firewood on women and facilitates the alternative allocation of precious time of, in particular, the female members of the household. Empower women by offering opportunities in the development of the KENDBIP as operators of biogas burners, lamps and refrigerators Create employment in the biogas construction sector Outcomes: Time - approximately 15 to 18 million hours per annum (equivalent up to 2,000 person-years) saved for women and children fetching firewood and other biomass sources for cooking and heating Effort saved in cooking, warming food and water and cleaning cooking pots for about 7,700 households (assuming a biogas plant non-use rate of 3% out of 8,000), representing over 15,000 men and women and about 38,800 children Study time for children - approx. 23,280 children served with better reading light Employment of 366 youthful Kenyans as biogas Masons and 49 as field supervisors, in addition to other direct and indirect employment

KENAFF Programmes Manager

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