Regional potential assessment of novel bio energy crops in fifteen ECOWAS countries

In 2011, IIBN, UNIDO, Quinvita, a global industrial crop technology and knowledge provider for Jatropha and ECREEE (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency joined forces to perform a major strategic study on the potential for sustainable production of novel bio‐energy crops in the ECOWAS region.


The project started based on the need to make an overall assessment of novel potential bio-energy crops that could be grown and peocessed in the 15 ECOWAS countries.

This strategic study aimed to:

  • Assess the potential for increased food production and utilization of non‐food/feed residue/waste for bio‐energy production from selected food crops;
  • Identify ‘go’ and ‘no‐go’ regions for 5‐8 novel bio‐energy crops within the 15 ECOWAS countries, taking into account available land for agriculture, forestry and other environmental impacts;
  • Identify 3 potential pilot projects for specific regions in ECOWAS countries with a potential for sustainable production of 10,00‐15,000 hectares of a specific bio‐energy crop, and
  • Provide a sustainability assessment of potential projects taking into consideration social, economic and environmental aspects of the bio‐energy crops and their integration with food production, social and environmental factors.