Programme for linking the poor to global markets: Pro-poor development of biofuel supply chains

Published on 2 July 2010

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Start Date: 3 December 2007 | End Date: 31 December 2010


The overall goal of the project is to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and landless rural households by enabling use of improved technology for bio-energy crops cultivation and enabling production-supply chain linkages through an innovative coalition of partners involving farmers, researchers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and bio-fuel industry for sustainable production of bio-fuels in the targeted countries. It is expected to lead to self reliance (sustainable and environment-friendly) in energy needs for household and agricultural operations as well as help rehabilitate degraded lands. Major objectives of the project include:


a)    To develop improved high biomass and juice yielding sweet-stalk and brown mid-rib sorghum cultivars and high biomass and/or sugary cassava varieties; standardize propagating techniques for true breeding large-scale multiplication of high yielding collections of jatropha, and evaluate them for seed yield and oil content;


b)    To conduct regional testing using available sweet sorghum and cassava cultivars and established jatropha nurseries; to fine tune production packages including pest and disease management with the selected sweet sorghum and cassava lines; and “plus” tree jatropha collections for each of the target countries to maximize productivity and build seed systems to produce sufficient stocks of seed materials for each country for each crop;


c)    To facilitate the development of enterprises and mechanism(s) for supply of inputs for crop production, and buy-back of sweet sorghum stalks, cassava roots, and jatropha oil seeds by the industry for bio-ethanol and bio-diesel production respectively;


d)    To develop and evaluate improved technologies to assess the role of various by-products as organic manure and/or pesticide; and


e)     To build the knowledge base of farmers, NGOs and line department staff on the importance of bio-fuel needs, various technical aspects related to their production, cultivation practices and their seed (sexual/asexual) systems, and supply chain management

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