This is a National wide progressive project that will include WWOOF Tanzania hosts and all small scale farmers with organic farming techniques, beginning with Tanga, Kilimanajro, Arusha and Morogoro regions.

Biogas Energy – is a renewable form of energy produced from decaying organic materials. Biogas can be captured from a variety of sources example, from cow manure to landfill wastes. Energy provided by biogas can be used to provide heat (gas fire) and generate electricity as well. Biogas has been used in both developed and developing nations and may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Biogas Biogas Two
Three chambers making the process complete
Processed manure outlet

Biogas Three Biogas four
Mr. Seraphine in his Biogas Plant
Top round hole of manure storage

The Need for Biogas Project.
a. Environmental factors; Small scale organic farmers in Tanzania, rely highly on the environment for their daily activities such as farming and cooking. The dependency on firewood for cooking contributes to the steady growth of deforestation in the area. It is therefore important to address this issue, providing a sustainable alternative to firewood and expensive sources of electricity for everyday household needs.

b. Economic and social factors; most small scale organic farmers are among the poorest in the country. Their dependency on hoe farming together with recent economic decline makes life increasingly hard. New generations are facing the same problems if not worse. Therefore there is a need for this project to help solve issues faced by the small scale farmers.

Currently, access to information about organic and innovative farming practices is very limited to farmers, with only a handful of farmers practicing sustainable farming and living. Few know how to deal with current challenges and increasingly hostile environment. This is due to lack of education about these issues and generally low education levels in the area. The creation of a demonstrative biogas plant will allow inhabitants to learn about this easily implemented, inexpensive, small scale, energy providing technology. The spread of knowledge about new technologies developed will be essential in encouraging surrounding inhabitants to also develop this. The procurement of one Holstein cow, bred specially for its high milk production, will also educate locals about the possibility to invest in such a cow, thereby increasing their income significantly through the production of excess milk, which can be sold at market as fresh milk, yogurt, or cheese, the making of which will also be demonstrated through using the surplus milk provided by this cow.

By building a biogas plant at one of our host’s farm for demonstration, we will have the possibility to demonstrate the technicalities of building such a plant, and also to show the potential of manure to produce energy for cooking and electricity, showing organic farmers one thing that they can do to improve their working conditions and increase free time, while at the same time protecting their environment. This will prove its usefulness to a number of families with cows in the village since their manure is a potential energy resource which they are currently allowing to go to waste. In addition to the manure’s high value for energy production, the manure that has been exposed to biogas energy production processes is significantly richer in nutrients and more important as a natural fertilizer than other manure. Therefore, this technology will provide local inhabitants both with sustainable energy and highly effective natural fertilizer to help improve the yields of their farms.