IITA launches $4.3b agricultural-waste-to-fertilizer project in four African countries
London, August 27, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A project to transform agricultural waste into agricultural fertilizer has been launched in several countries in southern, eastern and central Africa. It is supported by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Agricultural-Waste-to Fertilizer project will be implemented in collaboration with ETH Zurich, a Swiss university. “We will seek to establish circular economies, through which waste from cassava and vegetable production systems can be recycled and reused on farms to increase productivity,” says Haruna Sekabira, the project manage
In practice, the waste obtained after harvest will be transformed into fertilizers to enrich the soil.
Because a large percentage of agricultural products are consumed in cities, the project’s initiators intend to recover the waste produced in the large cities of the countries concerned as raw materials.
It is the case of Rwandan cities, where cassava is a tuber that is widely consumed by the population. “This initiative will add value to our cassava. This is very beneficial, as we lose nothing in the entire production process, including the peels and waste water from cassava washing plants. All this will be recycled and returned to our fields as compost or livestock feed,” says Jean Claude Umwizerwa, the leader of the cassava value chain platform in Rwanda.
The project will also rely on waste collection companies in the cities of the countries concerned. The agricultural waste recovery project will be implemented in several phases. The first one will start in 2019 and end in 2023. It is expected to require an investment of $4.3 billion