Small-scale cotton seed-based biodiesel helping some Kenyan farmers irrigate cheaper

May 8, 2019 |

In Kenya, the World Economic Forum reports that a local entrepreneur is producing small-scale biodiesel from cotton seeds to power irrigation for his own farm and for neighboring farms. The fuel is about 20 cents per liter cheaper than fossil diesel that has traditionally powered irrigation. A USDA grant has helped him to provide loans to more than 100 farmers for biodiesel-powered irrigation pumps. Many farmers are unbanked, however, making it more difficult for them to source the financing they need to switch to biodiesel pumps.

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