- Villages of the island of Santiago
- OSMOSUN® BW
Not a single drop of rain has fallen for nearly three years on this archipelago off the coast of West Africa. Faced with this situation, the government, supported by the FAO’s International Fund for Agricultural Development, decided to implement solar desalination.
The Mascara company has been selected for several projects thanks to its OSMOSUN® BW solutions. The first of these installations proved the relevance of the process at small and medium scale.
In Moia Moia, an OSMOSUN® brackish water desalination unit has been installed. The unit produces 50m3 of clean water per day powered only by solar energy and without batteries. The effects were immediate with a first harvest of tomatoes, carrots, pumpkins, cucumbers and watermelons. This production has directly allowed the families benefiting from the program to live and the return of a local economic dynamism has naturally been witnessed. Part of the harvest was sold on the market and the young people of the village were able to find a job. 28 farmers are now working on the land thanks to the implementation of this solution.
The unit is also operated by the inhabitants themselves, which empower them for a complete autonomy in the management of their plots. The initiative has increased the irrigated area by 3ha with the implementation of a drip system and each family now benefits from 1180 m2 of land to exploit.
Number of beneficiaries :
28 families of farmers
Water to be treated :
Unit type :
OSMOSUN® 6 BW
Daily water production :
50 m3 per solar day
Solar Generator :