Experiment of a Resource-Oriented Agro-sanitation System in Sahelian Rural Community: Case of Burkina Faso

  • Mariam Sou/DakoureEmail author
  • Ynoussa Maïga
  • Amadou Hama Maïga
  • Maïmouna Traore Bologo
  • Seyram Sossou


This case study presents partial results of a research project in agro-sanitation. The study took place in rural area of Burkina Faso, a typical Sahelian country in West Africa. The objectives were (1) to design and implement an agro-sanitation system and (2) assess the willingness of users to reuse the sanitation by-products in small-scale subsistence farming. The sanitation system consists of collecting onsite greywater, urine, and feces which after separated treatment are reused as by-products. The greywater is treated by a slanted soil treatment system. Feces are converted in compost inside a composting toilet and urine treated by solar inactivation. General performances of the sanitation system are in progress at middle stage of the research project. However, the system is already a success in two points: (1) design simple and robust facilities adapted in a context of water shortage and not electricity; (2) better understand the social and economic criteria associated to the acceptability of users.


Agro-sanitation Composting toilet Slanted soil treatment system Urine Small farming 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariam Sou/Dakoure
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ynoussa Maïga
    • 1
  • Amadou Hama Maïga
    • 1
  • Maïmouna Traore Bologo
    • 1
  • Seyram Sossou
    • 1
  1. 1.International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE)OuagadougouBurkina Faso

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