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Regional Conference : Jatropha as a tool to combat energy poverty

Bamako, 16-17 January 2006

Organised by the Ministry of Energy in cooperation with MFC (Mali-Folkecenter) with support from FACT FOundation and ECOWAS

Jatropha can be one of the solutions to problems of energy poverty in Africa. With increasing international interest in this plant, the possibilities are exciting. Jatropha oil can be used as a diesel substitute for rural electrification, transport, and for stationary engines for shaft power (like multi-functional platforms). It can simultaneously protect the environment, as it protects soils and net CO2 emissions from the Jatropha cycle are zero. It can be a motor for economic development in rural areas.

For the first time in Africa, this exciting conference will give the chance for stakeholders to meet to discuss the enormous potential of Jatropha as a local source of energy, and to discuss perspectives for the future.

The conference is supported by ECOWAS, Fact Foundation Netherlands, UNEP (United Nations Environment Program), UNEP Risoe Center Denmark, the CURES Network (Citizens United for Renewable Energy & Sustainability), World Council for Renewable Energy, World Wind Energy Association, UNDP/GEF Small Grants Program, Siemenpuu Foundation and the African Centre for Plant Oil Technology.

The opening ceremony was presided over by His Excellency the Minsiter of Mines Energy & Water. The following presentations were made:

Biofuels and perspectives for Africa
Kees Daey OUWENS, President, Fact Foundation, Netherlands

Biofuels and the substitution to Fossil Fuels
Souleymane DIALLO, Head of Cabinet of the Ministry of Mines Energy and Water

Introductory speech by Dr. Ibrahim TOGOLA, Director of Mali Folkecenter

Opening Speech of the Minister of Mines Energy and Water, Mr. Hamed Diane SEMEGA

Introduction of the MFC project "Jatropha as a Tool to Combat Climate Change"
Oumar KABA, GEF/Small Grant Program

Malian Experience in the Use of Jatropha oil as Fuel- Success and Challenges
Hamata Ag HANTAFAYE, Director of Renewable Energy Center

The Promotion of Biofuels in an International Context : Experience in Africa and Asia
Winfried RIJSSENBEEK, FACT Foundation

The UNEP Initiative for the Development of Biofuels

Role of SMEs in the Promotion of jatropha to facilitate the access to modern energy services in Africa, Dr. Ibrahim TOGOLA, Director of MFC

The opening ceremony with Mr Souleymani Diakite (National Director of Energy), Mr Semega (Minister of Mines, Energy & Water), Mr Ousmane Kanoute (energy advisor to the minister), Mr Kalpha Sanogo (Deputy Representant Resident, UNDP) & Ibrahim Togola (Director of MFC) (left); Discussion between the Minister of Mines, Energy & Water and Ibrahim Togola (centre); demostration of Jatropha pressing and filtration equipment for the Minster of Mines, Energy & Water by MFC personel (right).

The pressing and sedimentation equipment which is to be used in the current project for Jatropha in transportation to combat poverty and reduce GHG emissions (funded by GEF Small Grants Program) (left); Discussion between the Minister of Mines, Energy & Water, Ibrahim Togola, Souleymane Diallo (Chef de Cabinet of the Ministry), Winfried Rijssenbeek (FACT Foundation) and Falaye Sissoko (Charge de Mission for Renewable Energy) (centre); Discussion between Winfried Rijssenbeek (FACT Foundation), Ibrahim Togola, and Mathias Nordstrom (Swedish Environmental Institute) (right).

The conference split into 3 working groups in the afternoon to discuss:

Jatropha from Nursery of the Plant to the Utilisation of Oil as Fuel-Socio economic analysis and Perspectives
(Chaired by Mattias NORDSTROM, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and the representative of the Ministry of Agriculture)

1- The place of Jatropha in the forestry, by Rolf P. OWSIANOWSKI, GTZ Senegal
2- Utilisation of Jatropha cake , by Fafré SAMAKE, Director of IPR de Katibougou
3- Utilisation of Jatropha Oil by Aboubacar SAMAKE, CNESOLER
4- Chemical Characteristics of Jatropha Oil, by Prof. Ouedraogo, University of Mali
5- Questions and discussions

Financing Opportunities for the development of Jatropha
(Chaired by the Representative of ECOWAS and Marie HOLMLUND, UNEP)

1- Introduction of the project PRBE of UEMOA funded by Netherlands, an opportunity to finance the development of Jatropha in West Africa.
2- Rural Electrification and Jatropha, by the President of AMADER, Mr. Amadou TANDIA
3- AREED an opportunity for the financing of Biofuels in favor of private operators, MR. Mahamadou DIARRA
4- Questions and discussions

Socio economic Aspects for Widespread Utilisation of the Products of Jatropha
(Chaired by CNESOLER and FACT Foundation, Netherlands)

1- Electrification of 100 villages using Jatopha Oil for Poverty Alleviation, by Mr. Winfried RIJSSENBEEK, FACT Foundation
2- Multifunctional Platform Programme, by UNDP
3- Mali’s National Programme for the Development of Jatropha Plant, by Mme Thera Amy, Renewable Energy Center, Mali
4- Questions and discussions

These sessions were followed by a field trip to the village of Keleya, electrified by a diesel power plant running on Jatropha Oil. (This village is located about 100 Km south from Bamako). The installed capacity of the plant is 60 KVA.

Conference declaration: "The Bamako Initiative"

Download the PDF document in French.

Unnoficial English translation:

The Bamako Resolution for the Promotion of Jatropha

In accordance with the recommendations of the declaration of the World Summit on Sustainable Development and aware of the challenges facing Africa, to assure to the majority of its population affordable and sustainable supply of energy;

Considering the fact that energy plays a vital role in achieving the Millennium Developments Goals (MDGs) set by the International Community;

Considering that bio fuel is a viable alternative of substitution to fossil fuel in Africa;

Considering that the utilisation of renewable energies in general and Jatropha in particular contribute to the mitigation of climate change;

Considering the fact that Jatropha, in its various uses, contributes to the achievement of the objectives of the Strategic Framework for Poverty Reduction;

Considering that Jatropha constitutes a tool which facilitate access of the population in general and that of rural population in particular to modern energy services;

Considering the resolutions of the thematic sessions;

The participants, experts from different institutions in Africa an Europe, gathered in Bamako, Mali on 16-17 January, in the frame of the Regional conference on ‘Jatropha as a Tool to Combat Energy Poverty in Africa’


1. The intensification of information and the sensitization of the populations on Jatropha;

2. The deepening of the research and the transfer of technologies for the development of Jatropha system;

3. The integration of the valorisation of Jatropha in the development policies and strategies of the country;

4. The valorisation and the dissemination of Malian experience in Jatropha;

5. The consolidation and dissemination of the achievements and the initiation of national and regional programmes for the promotion of Jatropha;

6. Technical and financial support of the development partners in the identification and the implementation of these programmes;

7. The involvement of private sector, NGOs, gender and civil society;

8. The creation of a regional follow-up committee of the initiative of Bamako. The core of this committee is composed of the Government of Mali, UEMOA, Mali - Folkecenter, ENDA, FACT FOUNDATION and the GTZ;

9. The creation of a regional coordination on Jatropha.

The conference

Bamako, 17 January 2006

High profile media coverage

The conference brought a concrete result in the form of the declaration, and the event was well covered by Malian media, particularly TV. This event has doubtless raised the profile of the possibilities offered by Jatropha in Mali, West Africa and the internationally.

PDF Downloads:

The brochure can be downloaded below in English or French.

Jatropha conference brochure in English (570 kB)

Brochure du conference sur la Pourghere en Francais (570 kB)