On 23 January 2014, the ALTERRE Mali team inaugurated two Jatropha oil production units in the Yorosso and Koury municipalities, in south-eastern Mali.
With Malian Ministry of Energy representatives presiding over the inauguration, it proved very successful and was greeted with enthusiasm by the technical and financial partners, local authorities and community, who turned out in force to visit the units.
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About the the alterre project in mali
The cotton production area of southeast Mali is facing a rural economic and industrial crisis following the crash affecting cotton, the region’s main cash crop. At the same time, unstable hydrocarbon prices have unfortunate repercussions on the cost of energy services using that resource. Rural household budgets are seriously affected.
Consequently, since 2007, GERES has been looking into the feasibility of setting up local biofuel supply chains with a twofold objective: generating a new source of income for local communities and improving their access to energy. This supply chain relies on the production and consumption of Pure Vegetable Oil (PVO) made from Jatropha Curcas, an oilseed plant which grows locally.
As a result, GERES has launched a pilot “action research” project, as a consortium venture with IRAM, in 2 countries: Mali and Benin. The aim is to construct a “replicable scheme” of access to sustainable energy for rural communities in West Africa.