Compost farming

How to deliver food security, clean water & sanitation


Food security, water and sanitation play an essential and critical role in the well-being of people in developing countries. These issues are closely linked and influence each other. A combined approach is advised resulting in the improvement of food security, increasing water quality and vanishing problems due to poor sanitation.

Linking pin

The linking pin between food security, water and sanitation is the realisation that urine and faeces are a highly valuable resource. They contain minerals and nutrients without which agriculture is not possible. How should the human excrement be treated so that it can be utilised for agricultural purposes? This is a technical question that can be solved dependent on the local situation, the availability of compostable organic materials and means of transportation.

Compost technology 100% hygienic  and clean

The core of the compost solution is scientific research, chemical knowledge and practical know-how on how to set-up, maintain and operate large scale compost activities. As a result all dangerous organisms and pathogens such as the Samonella bacteria, Entamoeba  protozoa and Ascaris eggs are killed making the compost safe to handle and apply. Properly designed, the compost process is sound, clean, 100% hygienic and does not attract vermin, flies, other creatures and animals.

Benefits of compost farming:

  • Increases food stability and self-reliance of local communities;
  • Low investment costs and reduces the cost for small farmers to fertilise their farmland;
  • Substantially increases farmers’ crop yields;
  • Improves fertility of the soil and closes the nutrient cycle;
  • Prevents water and subsoil pollution from human excrements;
  • Helps prevent disease by eliminating pathogenic organisms from the environment;
  • Improves public health.

What we deliver

AAWS delivers a full road map to set-up, implement and operate durable composting activities. We train and motivate  farmers making them aware of the importance of closing the circle. And we can support to source essential products to optimize the composting process so that the nutrient cycle is closed.

Target groups

We focus on NGOs, local governments, agricultural corporations and refugee camps. Also, we benefit  small organisations such as schools, villages and settlements having serious sanitation problems and lacking fertile soils to deliver sufficient harvest fields.