Typha Project is in the process of developing two novel technologies in order to convert a Typha threat into economic opportunities for local communities. These technologies point to the most important social and economic challenges related to poverty in this particular context: Lack of access to clean and affordable energy and the shortage of animal feed, especially during dry season.

While the Typha plant is not currently used to a large extent for human food, animal feed, or biogas/biofuel production, we believe there are many potential uses of all parts of this plant biomass.

The objective of this work is to assess household perceptions and willingness to adopt a novel technology to convert the threat posed by this aquatic weed in the Hadejia Valley Irrigation Scheme (HVIS) into an opportunity to improve the living conditions of the people in the area.

The project is open to new ideas with the aim of getting to complete circular economy model for Typha weed. 


Nearly 3 billion people continue to be negatively impacted by the reliance on traditional biomass and coal for cooking and heating which puts a tremendous cost to productivity, health and the environment.

UN Millennium Goals Report

Biogas production from fermenting Typha can provide a source of clean energy for lighting and cooking, as an alternative to costly gas.

Optimizing the use of Typha as a valuable ingredient for animal production in an economic and sustainable manner.


Competing land use and lack of feed

are constraints for the expansion of livestock and

become a poverty trap leading to social conflict

and increased vulnerability