The Circular Refugee Camp (CRC) consortium has made great strides in the From Waste to Taste project. They finished building the foil lagoon (700 m3) to produce biogas; installed the tank for sludge collection and the drying system for the bio-compost; and, fenced in the whole site. Next is creating a tree nursery to grow food, timber wood, and restore natural forests.
The project is a circular concept (closed loop concept) that processes wastewater from pit latrines in a refugee camp in Uganda and turns it into valuable products like biogas, compost, and irrigation water. These products in turn are used to grow food, including fruit trees and vegetables. The From Waste to Taste project was founded and is run by The Circular Refugee Camp (CRC), which works closely with Cordaid Uganda that provides local technical assistance. The promising pilot project is funded by the Water for Food Programme, an initiative of theNetherlands Water Partnership, and is supported by theDutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature, and Food Quality.
The From Waste to Taste project answered NWP's call for high potential, sustainable, and bankable business cases in the water-agrifood nexus that improve food security. It aims to provide a completely self-sustaining model, delivering affordable renewable energy while creating employment opportunities, which helps secure food availability and minimise water scarcity. Once validated, there is significant scale-up potential to other locations in Uganda and beyond.