Update on re-using Peepoo as fertiliser in Kenya


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Update on re-using Peepoo as fertiliser in Kenya

Here is an update on the progress of re-using Peepoo as fertiliser in Kenya.

Currently there are 23 farmers using Peepoo fertiliser in Kirinyaga, Kenya, and around 60 that are awaiting delivery. The nutrient value has proven to be very good; Peepoo fertiliser is providing both immediately available nutrients and improving long-term soil fertility. The pilot, which was conducted together with University of Nairobi and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, has also demonstrated that Peepoo fertiliser also improves the water-holding capacity in the soils. The yields are increasing and the crops have better quality and are, according to the farmers, worth more when sold.

However there is still a fair bit to be investigated around the full commercialisation. We do not yet know the exact monetary value of Peepoo fertiliser and we do not know in which form it is preferably sold. Today it is used through so called "direct application" were used Peepoos are placed directly in the ground as they are. It works really well for cultivation, however since each Peepoo can vary in weight and in content it might be difficult to commercialise as it is.

Therefore we are now searching for funding to do proper market research and to commercialise Peepoo fertiliser on scale. For more information and/or if you have any recommendations, please contact the project manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In April The Standard Kenya interviewed some of the farmers in Kirinyaga, the article is available here: www.standardmedia.co.ke/lifestyle/articl...to-kirinyaga-farmers
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Re: Update on re-using Peepoo as fertiliser in Kenya

Dear Maria,

Thanks for posting about these Peepoo reuse trials here. For those who don't know: Peepoos are small bags made out of degradable plastic and designed in a special way to be used as a safe toilet (containing urea for pathogen kill).

We have talked about Peepoos here on the forum before:
For urban slums in Kenya:

and also here for schools:

and here for emergencies:

Maria, I have some small questions to you:
  1. Is a report available from the mentioned pilot trial which could be shared?
  2. How well is the plastic degrading in practice and do the farmers have to somehow sieve it out of the soil?
  3. Do you have any photos to share (also to be put on the SuSanA flickr database and on Wikipedia Commons? We have so far these: www.flickr.com/photos/gtzecosan/collections/72157626218228932/ )

Let me just add two photos here for those who are not familiar with Peepoos:

File Attachment:
How_to_Use_Peepoo__Niklas_Palmklint_Peepoople[1] by SuSanA Secretariat , on Flickr

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Bethel pee poo by SuSanA Secretariat , on Flickr


Could be time to have more content about Peepoos on Wikipedia, so far it is only mentioned on these two pages:
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