Project Profile

Value at end of sanitation value-chain

Duration : May 1, 2013 - November 30, 2014
(Extended to February 28, 2015)

The project aims to develop business models for the collection and processing of faecal sludge (FS) from pit latrines, wich are socieeconomically and institutionally conducive for Bangladesh . To this end we will work with stakeholders and partners on technological and socioeconomic issues. On the technological end we well: 1. Optimize the process of emptying pit latrines for improved technical efficiency and safety. 2. Optimize the composting process including the drying and co-composting processes for improved safety and nutrient quality. On the socioeconomic end we will: 3. Identify the demand, supply and institutional contraints in the production and use of faecal fertilizer in agriculture 4. Identify alternative markets for faecal sludge compost.

Location(s): Bangladesh
Project Contact: Balasubramanya, Soumya
Donor(s): International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC)
Research Collaborator(s) : Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Forum for Public Health (NGO Forum);, University of Leeds,
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Farmers cultivating lettuce, while another farmer digs a small canal (marwa) with a donkey, Egypt. Photo: cc: Hamish John Appleby/IWMI