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Biofuel from Cassava

The objective of this project component is to assess the potential of producing bio-ethanol on the basis of cassava in Mali. In more specific terms the objectives are to answer the following questions:

  • What are the potentials of producing cassava as a feedstock for bio-ethanol production in Mali, and especially in the southernmost part of Mali ?

  • Is it likely that Mali can produce bio-ethanol based on cassava at prices which are competitive on the global (or West-African) market ?

  • Are there land resources available to avoid the negative impacts of competition between food production for subsistence and cassava production for bio-ethanol ?

  • Will large-scale production of cassava for bio-ethanol be environmentally sustainable, and will it imply substantial reductions in CO2 emissions ?

  • How can positive effects on poverty reduction be achieved ?

  • Who are the key actors in Mali’s value chain for cassava and how do they form the dynamics and structure of the chain?

  • How is the value chain territorially organized, i.e. what is the geographical extension of the chain?

The analyses to be made to answer these questions were conducted in former cotton areas in the Sikasso region. The study is reported in:

The following research papers were elaborated as part of the project:

 

 

 

 

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