byEric Nartey via web
From April 9 – 13, 2018, the CapVal project co-led by Josiane Nikiema and Philip Amoah held its annual partners meeting in Kumasi and Somanya. The project aims to start-up and demonstrate three financially viable resource recovery and reuse enterprises through public-private partnerships with high potential to incentivize local sanitation planning and management in selected Ghanaian municipalities. The selected solutions aim to reduce waste management costs, support the lifetime of landfills, and reduce health and environmental impacts while improving the livelihoods of men and women farmers and contributing to food security. The three businesses set through the CapVal project are: 1. One co-composting facility to annually produce 200 tons of safe compost (Fortifer) in Somanya (Yilo Krobo municipality); 2. One briquette production plant to produce 1,000 tons per year low-cost fuel also in Somanya; 3. One wastewater treatment plant in Kumasi slightly upgraded to enable African catfish aquaculture from reused treated wastewater.
In Somanya, the Yilo Krobo Municipal Assembly (YKMA) hosted the meeting. The discussions on the composting and briquette components centered on the progress made with the implementation of the project components, took notes of challenges encountered and lessons learnt, as well as built momentum for the third phase of project implementation. As part of the meeting, participants took the opportunity to visit the future project site as well as some key waste generation points within the municipality and to engage project stakeholders. The meeting in Kumasi on 12 April was hosted by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) and focused on the aquaculture component of the project. The meeting ended with a visit to the aquaculture site where production of fish had already begun.