In 2006, MFC initiated its first large scale Jatropha project to provide power to a village of 10 000 people in the village of Garalo, in southern Mali. This project is carried out in cooperation with ACCESS (an innovative Malian energy service provision company), SHGW (Netherlands), Stichting DOEN (Netherlands), and AMADER (Agence Malienne pour le Developpement de l'Energie Domestique et de l'Electrification Rural - Mali's rural electrification agency). The prpject has installed 300 kW of power in the village, is very successful. Due to its extremely high level of innovation, it has attracted visitors from all over the world. More information is found in the five downloadable files below:
Jatropha based biofuel powering Malian villages - press release concerning innovative rural electrification project in Garalo, southern Mali, inaugurated by Malian Minister of Mines, Energy & Water (1.2 MB)
New Bagani Courant 10 Project to provide Jatropha based rural electrification in a further 10 villages
Based on the huge potential of the Garalo model which has been developed, MFC started to look for support for an even more ambitious 10 village project, which could really show the possibilities for up-scaling, and for the use of clean power produced frorm Jatrophha as a tool for local economic development. In the first half of 2009, funding for this project has been secured from the Daey Ouwens Fund (administered by SenterNovem) and Christian Aid (Great Britain). More inforamtion on this significant project can be found in the two links below:
Other MFC Jatropha activity
MFC has been actively working on the promotion of the Jatropha plant since activities began in 1999. A range of projects have been executed, focusing on different aspects of Jatropha production and use,from plantations, use as a living hedge, soap making, multi-functional platforms, jatropha as diesel substitute for transportation, etc. MFC's efforts received international recognition in 2003, when the German section of UNIFEM awarded a prize for the Siemenpuu Foundation funded project (see link below).
Jatropha can become an important resource for Mali. The local production means local employment, and local generation of income. The potential benefit of jatropha technology to Mali, a country dependent on imported fossil fuels, is huge. And the significance of rural people producing their own fuel must not be overlooked.
Jatropha, properties & plantation
Jatropha multi-task energy platform
MFC Jatropha Projects
REGIONAL CONFERENCE : JATROPHA AS A TOOL TO COMBAT ENERGY POVERTY
Other Jatropha links:
www.bagani.de web page of Reinhard Henning, who worked on Jatropha in Mali extensively in the 1990's, and who is now runs consulting office Bagani in Germany.
www.jatrophaworld.org website of the Indian Centre for Jatropha Promotion.