Monthly Archives: August 2020

Turning Waste into Energy & Safe Fertilizer in Nigeria

Composite image of waste, digesters, compost and tomatoes

RECIRCULATE research at UniBEN explores new approaches to biogas production and the circular water economy The vital role of energy supply in the development of any nation is recognised by “Affordable and Clean Energy” being one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG7).  It is easy to equate ‘energy’ with access to electricity, and […]

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The FLOW: the story behind the stories

Annual meeting, Lancaster 2019

Introducing the RECIRCULATE blogs, and the background to the project and its research. If you are reading this, then there is a good chance you might also have read the description of The FLOW at the top of this section of the RECIRCULATE website. That description talks about The FLOW as the stories behind the […]

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The Power of Communities in Improving Sanitation

Public toilet in Jamestown Accra Ghana

RECIRCULATE research is clarifying the role of social capital in sanitation service provisioning in low-income urban communities Of the seventeen sustainable development goals (SDGs) agreed by United Nations member states in 2015, SDG 6 (Ensure access to water and sanitation for all) highlights the role of safe sanitation services in improving health and well-being. In […]

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Spotlight interview – Professor Christopher Emokaro

Christopher Emokaro

Professor Christopher Emokaro is Professor of Agricultural Economics and Commonwealth Professional Fellow from the University of Benin. He has been Assistant Dean of Agriculture (2011-2014) and Head, Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension Services (2013 – 2015). Also, Principal Research Fellow at LAPO Institute of Microfinance and Enterprise Development (2018 – 2019, on Sabbatical Leave […]

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Spotlight interview – Dr Felly Mugizi Tusiime

Felly Mugizi Tusiime

Dr Felly Mugizi Tusiime is a Biodiversity and Environmental Management specialist, with PhD in Environmental Management from Makerere University Uganda and University of Oslo, Norway; a joint Master of Science in Botany from Makerere University Uganda and Imperial College London UK, and a Bachelor of Science (Botany zoology) degree from Makerere University. She has 17 […]

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Guidelines for Republishing RECIRCULATE blogs

We hope that readers will find value in our blogs and want to re-publish them for their own audiences.  For that reason all the blogs in The FLOW are published under a Creative Commons — Attribution/No derivatives license. That means that you are welcome to republish them so long as you follow the guidelines below. […]

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Waste not, want not

Lancaster & University of Benin research team in the lab

Research unlocking the potential use of organic “waste” for energy production and sustainable food production in West Africa  “Waste” is never going to be the most headline-catching topic is it?  Perhaps you would rather be reading about more high-profile topics with more obvious links to the sustainable development goals (SDGs)? Human health is on everyone’s […]

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The Acid Test

AD lab reactors

Research to develop anaerobic digestion systems to produce sustainable energy and a safe fertilizer for use in sustainable food production.   Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a naturally occurring microbial process combined with carefully designed engineering to convert human, agricultural and other organic wastes efficiently into biogas for use as a fuel. For instance, commercial AD systems use on–site industrial organic waste to generate heat and power. Other dedicated waste treatment units use […]

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Interdisciplinary research delivering “joined-up” solutions to multiple sustainable development goals

Victoria at work in the lab

Working together to find new strategies to eliminate human pathogens in organic wastes through low–energy cost anaerobic digestion.  Waste management is a major global challenge. In Sub-Saharan African countries such as Nigeria and Ghana, inadequate waste management systems pose significant risks both to human health and to the environment. The handling and disposal of human […]

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