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The biodigester is a technology that generates biogas from animal manure. The Biodigestor Sertanejo model resulted from research carried out in 2008 by Diaconia in partnership with the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Agrarian Development, which aimed to discover the best way to produce biogas in the Brazilian semi-arid region. The biodigester adapted to family farming is a socially fair technology, because it is aimed at families living in the countryside and improves the quality of life and protects people’s health, especially rural women, as it contains heat, smoke and soot from burning wood; it is economically viable, because its installation cost is low and generates monthly savings of around 10% of a minimum wage; it is profitable for families, as it contributes to increasing food productivity through family farming, which accounts for a significant part of national food security; It is environmentally sustainable, because it avoids deforestation, produces natural fertilizers, such as biofertilizer and contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The biodigester strengthens coexistence with the Semi-Arid region and gives light to the element of renewable energy, which, integrated with water and food resources, can favor the permanence of farming families in the countryside.”

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