Support to and expansion of Malindi Bio – Fuel Cluster – Jatropha farming



To promote the oil tree Jatropha as a renewable, sustainable and decentralized source of biofuel for cooking and lighting for small-scale farming communities in Malindi and Magarini Districts at the Kenyan North Coast.


Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI)


1200 small-scale farmers, 30 artisans, 20 government officers


At least 6480 people may use biofuel for cooking and lighting; 112 hotels and 80 restaurants have the possibility to procure biofuel; 210 artisans have a market for new energy-end appliances.


1) Production: cultivation of Jatropha in form of hedges around farmland and as a buffer zone around identified areas of the Arabuko Sokoke Forest; Training of farmers and government extension workers in agri-business (Farming as a Business- FaaB) to increase income of farm activities.

2) Processing: introduction of locally adapted biomass conversion technologies; training of the informal sector in manufacturing low-tech biomass conversion technology and energy end-use appliance.

3) Usage/marketing: introduction of socially accepted energy end-use appliances, marketing strategies for the sale of JSCB/CJO surplus.


1) Production: 1200 farmers have adopted the Jatropha as hedge plant (farmland) and buffer zone (forest) and 160 selected farmers and 20 government extension workers are trained as trainer on FaaB.

2) Processing: 1200 farmers produce crude Jatropha oil (CJO) and Jatropha seed cake briquettes (JSCB) for local consumption and sale and 30 artisans are trained ad trainees on how to manufacture energy end-use appliance.

3) Usage/marketing: At least 1200 households have access to CJO for domestic lighting and JSCB for cooking.

This will have the following positive impact on the target groups/beneficiaries:

Energy Security: Target group will substitute the use of kerosene with CJO and firewood with the use of JSCB.

Poverty reduction: Target group would save the money spent on kerosene for lighting and woodfuel for cooking. Additionally they would generate an income from the surplus of CJO and JSCB.

Food security: The dense Jatropha hedge will help increase on-farm productivity by protecting farmland from erosion and browsing animals.

Protection of natural resources: The dense Jatropha buffer zone at the Arabuko Sokoke forest will reduce pressure on the forest which serves as firewood and charcoal.

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