The FFEM (French GEF) funds a program to support and develop the farm sector of Jatropha biofuels in West Africa (Mali and Burkina Faso). Aims of the program are to generate additional income for farmers cultivating Jatropha used as biofuel (oil or biodiesel) that could partially replace the fuel consumed and consequently reduce oil imports and CO2 emissions. The program was based on three components :
- Support national public institutions in charge of biofuels to implement public policies that foster the development of a sustainable industry of Jatropha, creating economic and social development.
- Support private operators in Mali and Burkina Faso to implement research and produce knowledge, establishing confirmed benchmarks on the Jatropha value chain performance.
- Encourage the structuring of the sector.