After the cities of Mahajanga in Madagascar, Dschang in Cameroon and Bouaké in Ivory Coast, the Africompost project continues its journey in Lomé, Togo. The initiative, which focuses on waste recovery, has received 200,000 euros in funding from the French Development Agency (AFD), which supports the circular economy in this West African country.
While it produces 350,000 tons of household waste annually, the Togolese capital Lomé will benefit from new facilities to improve the treatment and recovery of waste under the Africompost project, which will be financed to the tune of 200,000 euros (over 131 million CFA francs) by the French Development Agency (AFD).
The composting units installed will be managed by civil society organizations (CSOs) with the mission of raising awareness among the population and selling the compost to local farmers, as well as other processed products, including glass and plastic paving stones.
“Sorting and composting improve local management of household waste, while reducing its impact on the environment. In addition, the production of compost, thanks to a compost shredder, contributes to the development of local agriculture and is accompanied by the creation of jobs for the most disadvantaged populations,” says the French non-governmental organization (NGO) Gevalor, which implements the project.
In Togo, Africompost is supported by the French-based Group For Research and Technology Exchanges (GRET), the municipality of Lomé, the Regional Center of Excellence on Sustainable Cities in Africa (CERVIDA) at the University of Lomé, and the association Ecosystème naturel propre (Enpro).
In May 2022, the French Development Agency (AFD) and the German Development Agency (KfW) jointly granted a 40 million euro (more than 26 billion CFA francs) loan to the Togolese authorities for the implementation of the fourth phase of the Lomé Urban Environment Project (PEUL) launched in 2006. Of this funding, 20 million euros (over 13 billion CFA francs) is dedicated to urban sanitation through the strengthening of waste collection and sorting systems (solid, liquid, biomedical, etc.) and recycling.