REGIONAL TRAINING OF TRAINERS ON BIOENERGY (Biodigester and Biogas Production) FOR ECOWAS ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES (NIGERIA, GHANA, LIBERIA, SIERRA LEONE, THE GAMBIA) + GUINEA BISSAU AND CABO VERDE

REGIONAL TRAINING OF TRAINERS ON BIOENERGY (Biodigester and Biogas Production) FOR ECOWAS ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES (NIGERIA, GHANA, LIBERIA, SIERRA LEONE, THE GAMBIA) + GUINEA BISSAU AND CABO VERDE

SONGHAI CENTER, PORTO NOVO, BENIN, from the 29th of march to the 09th of April 2021

The Luxembourg Agency for Development Cooperation (LuxDev) in Praia, Cabo Verde and the Centre for Renewable Energy and Industrial Maintenance of Cabo Verde (CERMI), in partnership with the Cabo Verde Competence Center (3C) and Songhai Center, Porto Novo, Benin, are pleased to announce a Training of Trainers on Bioenergy (Biodigester and Biogas Production), under the Project “Strengthening the Regional Position of CERMI” funded by the European Union and implemented by LuxDev and the CERMI.

The Training of Trainers on Bioenergy (Biodigester and Biogas Production) will be held at SONGHAI Center, Porto Novo, Benin,from the 29th March to the 9th April 2021.

The two-week training will be delivered, in English, by internationally recognized specialists, covering both theoretical concepts and practical aspects the technology.

Candidates must be trainers from English speaking ECOWAS countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Gambia) + Guinea Bissau and Cabo Verde Training Institutions, with teaching experience on bioenergy, or experts interested in becoming trainers in the field.

The selection of candidates will be made based on predefined criteria, to ensure the expected quality of the training and the necessary balance between countries.

Women’s applications are strongly encouraged.

Candidates coming from the target countries training institutions are required to apply to the referred Training of Trainers on Bioenergy, by filling in /completing the attached survey and uploading their Curriculum Vitae. The on-line application is opened until the 10th March 2021:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TOT_Bio_ENG

LuxDev will cover the following costs of the selected participants:

  •  An economy class, round-trip ticket;
  •  Transfer Cotonou – Porto Novo (Benin);
  •  Accommodation and full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner);
  •  Reimbursement of costs related to covid-19 tests required at airports.

Selected candidates will be contacted by the 15th March 2021.

SONGHAÏ/REBIN, A PARTNERSHIP TO REVEAL THE WEALTH IN BINS

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Since its creation in 1985, Songhai Center, an unconditional supporter of agro-ecology, has invested a great deal in the development and promotion of decentralized renewable energies. From the simple biogas digester built at Songhai site of Ouando – based on the Chinese model - in the late 1980s, the center has now moved to an impressive renewable energy platform: biogas, biofuel, gasifier, photovoltaic solar energy, wind energy ... obtained from the waste of agricultural production. The expertise of the Center is no longer to be demonstrated, it is requested in the implementation of various Renewable Energies projects in Benin and even beyond. The most recent example is that of ReBin Foundation.

ReBin is a compound English word meaning Reuse your bean. The ReBin Foundation is therefore a Swiss foundation that would like to give a new chance to waste that pollutes the environment. The goal of the project is to clean up the cities and countryside of Benin, through the transformation of organic waste into energy and fertilizers. Energy (biogas) stored in backpacks is used for cooking in households while fertilizers are used in crop production.

In the municipality of Toffo which hosts the experimental phase of the project, more than 500 households have been sensitized to bring the waste directly to the site. In return, they receive one of the products of the Center namely biogas, compost, drinking water, effluent or fish. Those who wish, instead exchange these waste for money, says Sèwaï Mardochée, Director of Operations of the Waste Recovery Center in ReBin Foundation. Thus, for 10kg of waste brought, the person receives 250 CFA francs; the quantity of products given in exchange by the foundation is based on this principle and the populations seem to be delighted. Adeline Awadedji does not bring waste to the ReBin Center but she goes there regularly to get biogas. Compared to charcoal or firewood, this method of cooking really simplifies life, according to her. She uses it for cooking food in her household, but also for her small business. "When I load my bag of biogas at 400F a bag, I can use it for about 5 hours", says the saleswoman of yovo dokô (donuts made with wheat flour). The 5 hours are spread over several days; "It all depends on what I prepare," she says.

Songhaï as a technical partner …

By setting up in Toffo in November 2017, the ReBin Foundation sought Songhaï's expertise for the installation of bio-digesters, a waste grinder, fish ponds and also for the training of staff. Since then, the two partners have been working together for the success of the project which should extend to Benin's 77 municipalities. Like Songhai, the ReBin Foundation is also in a logic of integration of its activities, in order to complete the transformation cycles of raw materials.

NEPAD-FAO PARTNERSHIP FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ENTERPRISES FOR BENIN YOUTHS

56 youths from NEPAD (New Partnership for Africas Development) project have been staying at Songhai Regional Center in Porto-Novo since the end of September 2018. They were selected and admitted to the Center for a three-month training following a national call for applications.

This training in Songhai should help beneficiaries acquire modern technical knowledge to boost the agriculture and agribusiness sector in Benin. It is part of the implementation of the Decent Jobs and Entrepreneurship in Agriculture and Agribusiness Project for Rural Youths in NEPAD. The financial support is provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, which aims above all at creating decent employment opportunities for young people through the establishment of agricultural and agro-industrial businesses. A goal that fits well into the vision of the current government, said Françoise Assogba Komlan, representative of the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, at the launching ceremony. The Beninese government, convinced that the key to eradicating poverty lies in the creation and expansion of decent jobs in rural areas, approves of this project, according to the Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture. Françoise Assogba Komlan also wishes more of this type of initiative for the insertion into agricultural activities of the young population which, according to her, is turning away more and more from agriculture and rural areas mainly due to the hardness and the low remuneration of agriculture.

The Coordinator of the Decent Jobs and Entrepreneurship in Agriculture and Agribusiness Project for Rural Youths in NEPAD, Emmanuel Zinsou, insisted on the rigorous process that led in June to the selection of 56 young agro-entrepreneurs out of a total of 143 applications received from the various regions of Benin. He urged the trainees to regular attendance and discipline throughout the training, after which the five best of them will be selected and financially supported in the setting up or development of their respective businesses.

Justin Lèkoto, representing the Director of Songhai Center, reassured all as to the quality of the training that will be given, so that at the end of the project, the objectives pursued are achieved.

SONGHAI AND IITA, PARTNERS FOR YOUTH TRAINING IN 25 AFRICAN COUNTRIES

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Songhai Center and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) are joining forces to train the youths in agricultural entrepreneurship. A mission of the institute was at Songhai Ouando (Porto-Novo) from 05 to 07 December 2018 to finalize some details relating to the project.

25 African countries are identified to be impacted by this major project that will be funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Songhai Center and IITA are the two institutions identified by the specialized agency of the United Nations system for its implementation. They will be responsible for training but also assisting the youths to start their own business. It is in this context that a mission from IITA visited Songhaï Center in Porto-Novo from Wednesday 5 to Friday 7 December. In the next few days, one of IFAD's representatives from its headquarters in Rome, Italy, is expected for a working visit and discovery of Songhai Centers in Benin.

SONGHAI-RANDGOLD PARTNERSHIP: FOR THE CONVERSION OF MINES INTO AGROECOLOGICAL CENTERS INSPIRED BY THE SONGHAI MODEL

The problems associated with post-mining in the regions concerned are various. At the socio-economic level, for example, the end of mining sites exposes workers to unemployment, idleness, poverty, immigration, and so on. To better cope with this situation, RandGold Resources, a gold mining operator in Mali, has decided to reorient miners of the village of Morila, in Sikasso region, to agriculture; a sustainable, multifunctional and environmentally-friendly farming. Songhai Center was then requested to provide its expertise.

In July 2017, a team from Songhai Center visited the Morila mining site in Mali for the feasibility studies of the project. A document was subsequently elaborated and validated by both parties for its implementation. In the same year, a delegation made of members of the government of Mali and the local authorities of Morila is sent to Songhai in Benin to experience the "Songhai miracle". At the end of an interesting stay, the authorities were more determined to set up an Agricultural Center inspired by Songhai model. An experimental phase of the project is then decided by the two partners to cover the period from August to December 2018. A team from Songhai Center is then sent to Morila mine site to start the work. The production activities already in place are fish farming, gardening, agroforestry and animal production with the breeding of turkeys, broilers, layers and others.

Towards better management of the post-mining period

With the creation of the Morila agro-ecological center inspired by the Songhaï model, RandGold Ressource would like to better cope with the post-mining period, an ambitious project that the mining operator seeks to undertake with Songhai Center as a technical partner. It also aims at providing new jobs for mine workers and indirectly, contributing to the development of the Morila region. Songhai Center, in this partnership, is required for the training and the construction of infrastructures on the site. The official launching of works took place on Monday, October 08, on the occasion of the forum on the reconversion of mines in agro-ecological centers inspired by the Songhai model.

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