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Utilisation of wastewater for fuel and fodder production and environmental and social benefits in semi-arid peri-urban zones of sub-Saharan Africa

Objective

We aim to improve efficiency in water use and create novel high yielding peri- urban sources of fuel and fodder. Low-cost irrigation systems that recycle wastewater, reduce health risks and downstream pollution will be set up by specialists and used to irrigate fast growing trees that are managed to maximise either leaf (fodder) or wood (fuel) production. Good growth and establishment will be ensured by inoculation with effective microsymbionts whose persistence will be assessed using molecular tools. Irrigation will be based on measurements of soil water and tree water use thus avoiding salinization/pollution. Training in water management, molecular biology and use of ecological instrumentation will be provided to DC partners. Results will include reusable wastewater, novel peri-urban sources of fuel and fodder, an economic analysis, species selection and plantation management prescriptions and trained DC researchers.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
Address
Bush Estate, Midlothian
EH26 0QB Penicuik
United Kingdom

Participants (6)

INSTITUT D'ECONOMIE RURALE
Mali
Address
Sotuba
Bamako
INSTITUT DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET DE RECHERCHE AGRICOLES
Burkina Faso
Address
Ouagadougou 04
Ouaga03 Ouagadougou
INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT
Senegal
Address

Dakar
SOCIETE DU CANAL DE PROVENCE ET AMENAGEMENT DE LA REGION PROVENCALE
France
Address

13603 Aix En Provence
UNIVERSITE ABDOU MOUMOUNI
Niger
Address

Niamey
UNIVERSITE DU MALI
Mali
Address
Colline De Badalabougou
10 Bamako