Nyaru Biogas Project
Nyaru Biogas Project
Nyaru Dairy Farmers is a community based organization located in Mukangu area of Kirinyaga County in the Southern end of Mt. Kenya World Heritage Site. The group brings together Dairy Farmers from the locations of Kariti and Ruiru in Ndia Division. The group’s overall objective is to improve the quality of life of its members through ecologically friendly zero grazing/dairy farming practices that can improve soil fertility enhance productivity through generation of biogas energy for domestic use and organic manure. With the effects of climate change reaching unprecedented levels, affecting rural livelihoods especially among dairy farmers in Mt. Kenya region, the group has developed this proposal in an effort to strengthen local capacity to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The principle objective of this proposal is to; reduce carbon emissions emanating from fuel wood, charcoal, paraffin and exposed animal dung; and to enhance carbon sequestration. This objective will be achieved through the following major activities; installation of 12m3 fixed dome biogas digesters in at least 70 households, install biogas taping pipes and fitting, install a cooking stove, meter and disurfulize, cooking stove and lamp, as well as train households in service and maintenance of the plant. To qualify to benefit in the project each farmer will set aside a half acre portion of land for woodlot and plant an average of 100 tree seedlings per rain season translating to fourteen thousand tree seedlings per year.
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Project Snapshot

Nyaru Self Help Group
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 49,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 69,798.75
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
The group has developed this proposal in an effort to strengthen local capacity to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Gender Focus
The primary beneficiaries of the project are anticipated to be the women and youth. In rural areas throughout Kenya including the project area, women and youth are responsible for collecting firewood for cooking. With the introduction of Bio gas, the amount of firewood and kerosene used decrease significantly. Thus the time used on collection of firewood and kerosene will be reallocated to more productive uses, including income generation activities. In addition, bio gas cookers do not release smoke like traditional firewood stoves. This will greatly reduce women exposure to harmful smoke that can cause respiratory ailments. Fifty percent of the PIC shall constitute of women and youths who shall be given special roles in the project. About ten members of the youth will be trained on the construction, operation and maintenance of the bio gas digesters and shall be encourages to start construction of the bio gas digester.
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Grantee Contact

Mr. Francis Njoka


P.O. Box 1873
KARATINA , 10101

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Nancy Chege
(254-20) 7624473
(254-20) 621076
Ms. Salome Nyakundi


UNDP, P.O. Box 30218
Nairobi, 00100