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About SNV Tanzania & Biogas Tanzania population of 37 million people is growing at 2 % per year. Nearly 80% of Tanzanians live in rural areas where they meet 94% of their energy needs with biomass, particularly by burning wood.

This dependency on fuel wood has led to a rapid deterioration of Tanzania’s ecosystems. Collecting fuel wood requires difficult time-consuming work primarily done by children and women. Smoke from burning fuel wood also leads to respiratory and eye diseases.

Renewable energy technologies, like domestic biogas, can improve the present situation. Biogas has a relatively long history in Tanzania and was initially introduced by the Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO) in 1975. CAMARTEC and GTZ carried this work forward in the 1980s-1990s by developing, promoting and providing training in the biogas sector. Other organisations involved in domestic biogas were, and to some extent still are, ELCT, MIGESADO in Dodoma, FIDE in Babati District as well as several private enterprises. During those years, interested parties built around 6,000 biogas digesters.

As a result, older generations of Tanzanians know the advantages of biogas.