Biomass potential in Côte d’Ivoire


Biomass potential in Côte d’Ivoire

On behalf of the Dutch eMinistry of Foreign Affairs Partners for Innovation performed a study of the biomass potential in Côte d’Ivoire. We examined the availability, characteristics, and potential applications of by-products from cashew, cassava, cocoa, palm oil, and rubber value chains. We identified several scenarios that can be explored and developed further.

In this study we identify several promising scenarios for utilising these residue streams, taking into account existing barriers and challenges. Some of these byproducts such as cashew shells, cassava peelings and cocoa bean shells are to some extent already utilised efficiently as cattle feed, fertilizer or co-firing feedstock. A considerable amount of residues, like cashew apples, Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) and rubber felling residues and seeds, is left untreated.

The technical potential for beneficiation of several of these biomass streams is evident. Locally available infrastructure, market conditions, and skillsets are yet to be optimized to ensure the technical potential of these by-products is exploited further. The study demonstrates opportunities for strengthening local knowledge and sector development and has identified potential business opportunities for Dutch technology and knowledge providers.

Download the study Biomass potential in Côte d’Ivoire.

For more information about this study, please contact Bregje Drion or Peter Karsch. When you want to know more about our sustainable bioenergy and biomass services, visit this page or contact Emiel Hanekamp.




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