BIOGAZ DIANA - Providing biogas digesters in the Diana Region, North of Madagascar

January 2017
November 2019
Project cost
580 000 €
Role in the project




Agriculture Bioenergy Climate


Organic waste

Main goals

Install 120 biogas digesters for rural families or economic operators and to disseminate to at least 500 improved woodstoves

Specific objectives

For more than two years, the OSDRM works in Ambilobe and Ambanja districts (Diana region) on promoting agricultural sectors (food, fodder and cash crops), on financial literacy and on micro-finance by establishing community-based savings groups (GEC) in villages. Since 2008, Etc Terra is active in the Diana region via the PHCF (REDD+ project) and since 2012, Etc Terra is implementing a biogas digesters' project in southern Mali. It is on that basis that Biogaz DIANA Project was designed.


The beneficiaries are farming families that were selected on predetermined criteria thanks to the Biogas project in Mali : number of dairy zebus, kitchen aspect, water access, motivation and commitment, etc.


R1. Less pressure on wood resources, fight against erosion
R2. Reduction of GHG emissions
R3. Less in-home air pollution (respiratory and ocular infections)
R4. Improved energy access (clean, sustainable and more modern)
R5. Access to micro-finance solutions and improvement of financial management
R6. Time saving for beneficiaries on cash activities (wood harvesting, cooking time and utensil cleaning)
R7. Job creation in the biogas sector and improved woodstoves
R8. Local economic vitality creation
R9. Rising incomes of biogas beneficiaries via yield increase and time saving


A1. Creation of a real biogas alternative to firewood: reinforcement of an existing biogas operator, training of masons, communication on biogas
A2. Creation of a sustainable improved woodstoves sector in the region: strengthening of a craftsman in improved stoves, training of local entrepreneurs who market homes in villages
A3. Increasing beneficiaries' incomes by increasing crop yields through the use of digestate, access to community-based savings groups or micro-credits (financial literacy), increasing the time available for income-generating activities
A4. Training and follow-up on the duration of the installations
A5. Organization of culinary demonstration session
A6. Establishment of demonstration plot of the use of digestate
A7. Measuring increasing yields through the use of digestate and the decrease in the use of fuel wood or charcoal (saving time and income)

Related people

Project officer / Bioenergy / Madagascar

Honoré Victor Rakotomalala

A graduate in Renewable Energies at the University of Antananarivo, Honoré specialized in biomass, solar and hydroelectric energy (sizing, production, transportation, distribution). Honoré brings his expertise in the diffusion of biomass energies, in the optimization of wood-energy sectors (households) in rural areas and his experience in editing / project management and telecommunications

Project Officer

Anthony Guhur

With a degree in "Environment, Earth, Change, Climate", specialised in "Rural Area & Environment" from the University of Bourgogne (co-accredited with AgroSup Dijon), he brings expertise in bioenergy & environmental projects and in project management

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