The implementation of the National Program of Biodigesters of Burkina Faso (PNB-BF) has seen the construction of 5,459 biodigesters between 2009 and 2014.
The program’s goal is to stimulate the emergence and the development of a trade sector for biodigesters in Burkina Faso. The creation of a critical mass of local capacities is thus a pivotal point in the interventions of the program by the private sector and civil society.
The strategy for development centres is building on the technical and entrepreneurial capacities of the respective players. Since the inception of the programme and thanks to the association of various vocational schools, PNB-PF has trained approximately 400 masons. Several of these masons have gone to create Biodigesters Construction Enterprises (BCEs). Currently, there are about 15 cooperatives that are organised by masons. There are several organizations that are committed to the promotion of the use of bioslurry for fertiliser and to aid in the improvement of the productivity of agricultural practices such as fish farming and pig breeding.
The main challenge the programme is facing is in dissemination and distribution of biogas technology to rural and peri-urban households. This is attributed to the high financial cost of set up. Fortunately, the government of Burkina Faso has brought a substantial contribution to the construction biodigester thanks to a subsidy that covers 30 % of the average cost of a 6 cubic metre digester.
Extensive research and development has been carried out that has seen a more functional model of digester being developed that is cheaper by 15 per cent.