ATEC Bio-digesters have been declared the winners of the Water and Energy for Food (WE4F) Asia Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy (EDGE) Ag-Energy Prize. ATEC was awarded the Ag-Energy prize for their innovative process of turning farming waste (animal manure & green waste) into free biogas for clean cooking and organic fertiliser for better crops and healthier soil.
ATEC provides bio-digesters to rural farming families in Cambodia through a pay-as-you-go financing model. ATEC, is a social enterprise developed through a partnership between Live & Learn and Engineers Without Borders Australia. Live & Learn network offices work in partnership with ATEC through joint projects.
ATEC will receive $100,000 USD in prize money and will participate in the next Virtual Asia Clean Energy Forum. Rebecca Penglase, ATEC Country Director in Cambodia, said: "Our vision over the next five years is to have a positive impact on the lives and income of 45,000 beneficiaries. In doing so, you’ll see our green biodigesters covering approximately 12% of villages nationwide. This prize money will be used to make this vision a reality."
WE4F is a joint international initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
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