FFEM Project / Jatropha biofuel: why the research must continue

Along with the National Agency for the development of Biofuel (ANADEB) and under the patronage of the Ministry for Energy, on 23-24 June in Bamako, Mali, a joint seminar was organised to give feedback on the work and research results of two Jatropha projects: the FFEM/Jatropha ADECIA project and the Jatroref project. In recent years several operations to produce jatropha biofuel have been set up. However the operators and the decision makers lack the necessary technical and economic framework to guarantee the proper development of this sector. Moreover the stakeholders are not yet sufficiently organised and the regulatory, legislative and fiscal frameworks of the different countries involved are not always adapted to the context.

In view of these findings, the European Union and the French Global Environment Facility have funded two further projects:

  •  The programme, implemented by GIP Adecia, provides support for the development and organisation of the jatropha/biofuel farming sector in West Africa. The project aims to provide support for research and the acquisition of agronomical and technical knowledge. The funding, provided by the FFEM amounts to 1.1 million euros.
  •  The JatroREF project implemented by IRAM (Institute for Research and Application of Development Methods) and GERES (renewable energy, environment and solidarity group) aims to develop a methodology and framework which will permit the operators and the decision-makers to evaluate the socio-economic viability and the environmental sustainability of the jatropha biofuel faming sector in West Africa The funding provided by the EU and the FFEM amounts to 5 million euros.

70 participants from Mali, Benin, Burkina Faso and Senegal attended the seminar. Representatives of the operators, institutional stakeholders, farming organisations and research institutions discussed and compared views on the main results of the Adecia project and the JatroREF network. A high level of satisfaction regarding the preliminary results and the process of cooperation engendered, was expressed.

It emerges from the conclusions that the various stakeholders are keen to enhance the value and the dissemination of these preliminary results and to continue the research on the ground in order to improve and upgrade their knowledge of Jatropha.

The spekers’ presentations are available on line by clicking on: http://www.jatroref.org/rubrique79.htmlBurkina fasoffemjatrophaMali