Value Chain Model for Bio-ethanol Production from Sweet Sorghum in Rainfed areas through Collective Action and Partnership

Published on 21 April 2011

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Start Date: 12 January 2008 | End Date: 30 June 2012



  1. Assess economic and environmental viability, enabling policies and institutions for promoting cultivation of sweet sorghum for bio-ethanol production and its impact on environment, rural incomes, livelihoods and social capital development.
  2. Develop and establish pilot-scale Public Private People Partnership (PPPPs) value chain bio-ethanol enterprise models through “Seed-to-Tank” approach encompassing sweet sorghum production, processing, value addition, marketing and protecting environment.
  3. Farmers’ participatory multilocation testing of the improved biomass (stalks and grain) and juice yielding sweet sorghum cultivars under on-farm situations and development of production and seed systems in the targeted area.
  4. Fine-tuning of package of practices for increased harvest window, mechanization and development of protocols for by-product utilization.    
  5. Capacity building and skill development of all the stakeholders including rural communities in the enhanced sweet sorghum production and value chain for bio-ethanol production.

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