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
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
The study is reported in:
The following research papers were elaborated as part
of the project: