Organic waste as a natural resource used for sustainable production and ecosystem preservation in rural and peri-urban areas in humid and semi-humid Africa

The widening of socio-spatial disparities make Africa’s social and economic situation ever more unstable. The priority themes for long-term solutions are food & energy security, sustainability of economic growth & employment, security & stability of financial resources, and improvement of standard of living & habitats. Organic wastes from urban & rural areas may serve as secondary raw materials.

The project will be carried out by 4 European and 3 African partners (Africa1, Africa2, Africa3) and 1 international organization. Several tools such as laboratory analysis and agronomic data, database development, and participatory methods, will be integrated to develop an Integrated Knowledge Based System to support policy makers. The seven operational work packages are: assessment of major constraints to rational utilization of organic wastes, socio-economic analysis, ecological knowledge assessment of stakeholders in rural-urban interactions, assessment of environmental risks (soil & water contamination), integrated organic solid waste management practices, renewable resources for sustainable horticultural and forest production and technological and knowledge transfer and dissemination.

The main aim of the project is to contribute to the development of more rational utilization of natural resources through effective recycling of organic solid wastes in the rural and peri-urban ecosystems based on: the production of quality organic fertilizers and biogas, sound risk assessment and policy development related to human health and environmental impact on water and soil. This will be achieved through developing an integrated knowledge base system, selection of innovative biological waste treatment technologies (anaerobic digestion and composting), introduction of simple yet efficient crop production and forest restoration in combination with the produced organic fertilizers and water saving irrigation. Through a strong dissemination part the project aims at a long-term impact.


Fig. 1: The objectives of the RESOURCE4AFRICA project.


Fig. 2: Relations between different work packages in the RESOURCE4AFRICA project.


Fig. 3: The RESOURCE4AFRICA project partners.


Fig. 4: Management structure of the RESOURCE4AFRICA project.

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