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Cambodian cassava farmers switch crops as Thailand pressures prices

Cambodian cassava farmers switch crops as Thailand pressures prices

August 15, 2016 |

In Cambodia, the country’s cassava farmers are looking at alternative cash crops like corn and soy in an effort to reduce reliance on Thailand’s manipulation of prices and markets for the crop. The country doesn’t have processing facilities for ethanol or starch, so it is exported to Thailand for further processing but since the military […]

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Nigeria’s Cross River to get $2.5 million cassava ethanol plant

Nigeria’s Cross River to get $2.5 million cassava ethanol plant

May 26, 2016 |

In Nigeria, the Cross River government is supporting the development of a $2.5 million cassava ethanol plant in the state in collaboration with the Partnership Initiative for the Niger Delta (PIND) Foundation but it is unclear the government’s role or who the private sector partner is for the project. The state is the country’s largest […]

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New Uganda ethanol plant boosts local cassava prices three-fold

New Uganda ethanol plant boosts local cassava prices three-fold

May 24, 2016 |

In Uganda, an $1.8 million cassava-based ethanol plant has boosted prices more than three-fold since coming online last year, supporting economic development for local farmers. A 2010 World Bank-funded project supporting cassava production in Eastern Africa boosted supplies but there was no market to feed into, weighing heavily on prices. Yields have jumped to more […]

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University of California researchers lead cassava gene work

University of California researchers lead cassava gene work

April 19, 2016 |

In California, a team led by researchers from University of California, Berkeley and including researchers from the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, have described cassava’s genetic diversity in an April 18, 2016 advanced online publication of the journal Nature Biotechnology. As cassava roots contain 20-40% starch that costs […]

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Malawi promoting cassava-peel ethanol for clean cooking

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 […]

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Drought to cut sugarcane production but cassava to fill gap for ethanol feedstock

Drought to cut sugarcane production but cassava to fill gap for ethanol feedstock

March 14, 2016 |

In Thailand, ethanol producers are likely to boost use of cassava as feedstock this year due to drought impacts that will reduce sugarcane availability. Currently 30% of ethanol is produced from cassava but that could increase to 40% as molasses availability decreases. Demand could soar to 25 million liters per day from the current 3.7 […]

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Cambodian cassava farmers seeking help for low prices with an eye on ethanol

Cambodian cassava farmers seeking help for low prices with an eye on ethanol

December 30, 2015 |

In Cambodia, cassava farmers are looking to the government to help support them as prices collapse. Prices are about half what they were last year but the government blames low prices on poor storage capacity that seriously impacts the quality of stored cassava. A joint venture with Thailand’s Ubon Biro Ethanol with local company Try […]

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Thai Agro Energy teams with major cassava producer on $41.6 million ethanol facility

Thai Agro Energy teams with major cassava producer on $41.6 million ethanol facility

December 24, 2015 |

In Thailand, Thai Agro Energy has teamed with Kamphaengphet Bio Power—a major producer and exporter of cassava—to develop a new 200,000 liter per day ethanol plant with an estimated total investment of $41.6 million following the three-month feasibility stage. TAE is expects to operate at 90% of its installed capacity of 125 million liters annually […]

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Sunbird Energy looks to invest $150 million in cassava ethanol in Zimbabwe

Sunbird Energy looks to invest $150 million in cassava ethanol in Zimbabwe

October 19, 2015 |

In Zimbabwe, UK-based Sunbird Bioenergy says it wants to invest $150 million in a 120 million liter per year cassava-based ethanol facility. The government would own 10% of the facility set to come online next year and would increase shareholding over time to 51%. The facility’s capex is around $60 million while the remaining investment […]

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Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund to team on cassava ethanol in Nigeria

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund to team on cassava ethanol in Nigeria

September 16, 2015 |

In Nigeria, the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund says it will partner with the country’s cassava growers association to produce ethanol in 10 distilleries in different states around the country. Each facility will use feedstock from 6,000 ha of cassava grown nearby. Areas will be divided up into 10ha blocks for different farmers to grow cassava […]

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