Agro-industrial waste management and value addition
This theme will focus on treatment of agro-processing waste through reuse, conservation of water and other bio-resources. It aims to generate coping strategies, through innovations to reduce the impact of green-house gas emissions as well as generate innovations to enhance bio-energy recovery from solid and wastewater and provision of clean freshwater resources. An important area will be on use of agro-processing by-products, waste treatment and bio-energy production from existing and ongoing agro-processing activities in the region.
The use of wastes for production of value added products such as improved feed, bio-processing reagents with selective catalysts, safe green chemicals, bio-fuels, biogas, bio-plastics and biopolymers would serve the agro-processing sector in the region by making it more resource efficient and sustainable, which is vital for its competitiveness.
Such links would also support rural livelihoods through increased demand for local crops and bio-resources, enhancing the agribusiness opportunities for farmers and small scale enterprises in the region. Promoting the conversion of waste into renewable energy (such as biogas, bio-fuel etc) will also reduce the need to import costly fossil fuel and serve as a step to mitigate climate change. Another important focus will be on promoting innovation on local small-scale bio-refineries at village level by assisting local communities to add value to their local crop produce.
Three innovative technologies developed and pilot-tested in partnership with three industrial partners in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia to sustainably utilize sisal and coffee processing wastes through integration of biogas, mushroom and bio-fertilizer production. Preliminary techno-economic analysis conducted to guide the up- and out-scaling/commercialization of these innovations
Three innovative technologies piloted and tested in partnership with three industrial partners in Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia to sustainably treat wastewater from slaughter houses, tanneries and wine making industries by integrating biogas and electricity production and nutrient reuse as bio-fertilizer and wastewater reuse. Full-scale techno-economic analysis and business plans developed to guide the up- and out-scaling/ commercialization of these innovations.