Malawi promoting cassava-peel ethanol for clean cooking

March 14, 2016 |

In Malawi, the Malawi University of Science and Technology is leading a trial of ethanol cook stoves in Nkhotakota in an effort to test market uptake of the clean cooking alternative with the idea to promote ethanol production from cassava peels. The trial is taking place is a major cassava-growing area where farmers will be paid 2/3 the price of cassava for a kilo of peels in an effort to promote participation in the fuel generation side of the program. Excess ethanol produced beyond cooking demand will be sold to Ethco as the venture, funded jointly by the governments of Malawi and Norway, is scaled up.

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