WAITRO Stories

WAITRO Projects in the Past

Over the Years WAITRO Has Launched Remarkable Initiatives

From turning waste into ethanol and fertilizer in five African nations, increasing the participation of women in economic activities for sustainable development in rural Egypt to expanding a small hydroelectric generator serving villagers in Malaysia WAITRO is proud to look back at years of joint initiatives focused on offering solutions to global challenges.

EU Project Biowaste4SP – Converting Bio-Waste into Sustainable Products

Food waste and waste from agriculture contains valuable sugar or nutrient content. How can this bio-waste benefit developing countries by transforming it into sustainable products? This was the premise of the large EU project “Biowaste4SP” coordinated by the Danish Technology Institute. Eight other WAITRO members as well as universities, companies and government entities joined DTI. The project focused on five African countries: Ghana, Morocco, South Africa, Kenya and Egypt. It successfully identified relevant bio-waste streams in those countries and developed a biomass conversion technology, producing bioethanol, biogas and fertilizer from waste. This technology is a huge step towards a sustainable future, as it simultaneously maximises the value of the biomass and minimises waste.


The project “GreenGrowth4Africa” was a project aimed at preserving the microbial biodiversity of West African fermented foods. The timeframe of the project was from May 2016 to November 2018. Spontaneously fermented foods (i.e. food produced by the activity of microorganisms) are pivotal in the West African diet and preserving these traditional local foods is key to ensuring food security, alleviating poverty, developing local businesses and for the implementation of green growth strategies. The project was a direct continuation of the WAITRO program on capacity building R&D on African traditional food. WAITRO members from Denmark, Benin, Ghana and Burkina Faso participated in the project.

WAITRO Benchmarking Project for RTOs

From November 2017 to November 2018, a total of 14 webinars and one skype meeting facilitated valuable knowledge sharing among established RTOs of WAITRO’s global innovation family. The Danish Technological Institute (DTI) launched an extensive benchmarking study to help WAITRO members evaluate best practices, particularly in terms of working with SMEs. In addition to providing RTOs with an opportunity to learn from each other, almost 300 SMEs in eight countries filled out a questionnaire about their experience with WAITRO institute services. The results showed a very high satisfaction with WAITRO innovation consultation, but also identified areas that will benefit from future improvement.