PACEVirtual Explorer. Pan African Conservation Education Project

Biogas and Land Regeneration

Anthony and Agnes Katakwa and NAFRAC
Shinyanga, Tanzania

Anthony and Agnes KatakwaAnthony and Agnes Katakwa live in Mwamakalanga village, in the Iselamagazi ward of Shinyanga rural district, Northern Tanzania. They have installed a biogas digester on their farm. The digester turns cow dung into a clean source of gas to use for lighting and cooking at home.

They recommend biogas to their neighbours because it would help them save money on other forms of fuel such as kerosene* and firewood. The Katakwas no longer need to cut down trees for fuel, so it has also helped them to protect the trees and bushes growing on their farm.

*A thin oil made from petroleum, known as paraffin in the UK. Kerosene is used all over the world as a fuel for heating, lighting and cooking. It is also used to power jet engines.




Biogas Lesson Plan.pdf

Biogas Presentation.ppt

Biogas Introduction Slides.ppt
Shinyanga Background.pdf

Biogas What Would You Do Activity.pdf
Biogas Spider.pdf
Biogas Article.pdf
Biogas Student Presentation.ppt

Holsworthy Case Study.pdf

Biogas Extension Activities.pdf
Energy Use in Tanzania.pdf
Electricity in the UK and Tanzania.pdf
Biogas and Climate Change.pdf

Build Your Own Biodigester.pdf

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There are almost as many cattle as people in Shinyanga

Population - Shinyanga Region: 2,796,630 (National Census 2002)

Land Area: 50,781 square kilometres (more than twice the size of Wales)

Average household size: 6.3

Main tribes: Sukuma, Nyamwezi and Sumbwa

Agriculture: Over 2 million cattle are kept in the region. Crops include maize, cotton and rice.

Other industries: Diamond, Gold mines

Average rainfall: 700mm per year (less than half annual rainfall in Scotland but more rainfall than East Anglia in the UK)