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SEI receives IFAD grants on sanitation and agriculture project

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Thursday, 04 September 2008 01:00

Funds to co-manage agricultural productivity project in Niger. Sanitation Updates provides report about the funding.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has awarded a grant to CREPA and SEI's Ecological Sanitation Research Programme (EcoSanRes) to manage a project entitled “Testing a nutrient recycling system (Productive Sanitation Systems) in Niger with a view to measuring its potential for improving agricultural productivity”.

In the context of the soaring world fertilizer prices, the ca. billion poor smallholder farmers in the world have to use alternative solutions to produce affordable nutrients which can sustain agricultural food production.

A new paradigm in agriculture is in the making linking it to sanitation systems using e.g. urine source-separation, collection and reuse as a chemical fertilizer.

IFAD has the interest to test this Productive Sanitation System (PSS) to improve the situation for poor smallholder farmers by providing access to safe human-generated fertilizer for crops.

This pilot project will be integrated into the PPILDA project in the Maradi region (South Niger) to address specifically the improvement of low soil fertility in optimizing nutrient reuse (with hygienised urine).

It will test whether Productive Sanitation Systems are accepted by the local population and if it provides an increase in food production, nutrition, income and health in the pilot communities. A comparative analysis with commercial chemical fertilizers will be carried out.

The work is based on similar previous successful projects in Africa by CREPA and SEI.

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