Potential of cotton waste for clean energy and farmer profits - a case study - Projects
Updated : October 2020
This case study provides details on a training project conducted by UNCTAD in India to enable African farmers implement sustainable cotton waste to value projects, while enhancing their income.
The Zambian study by UNCTAD is part of a project to promote cotton by-products in Eastern and Southern Africa involving countries such as Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe, where it works with farmers’ associations, government officials and businesses to develop new technologies for cotton waste to value products.
As India has already implemented some of the solutions in this area such as biomass briquetting plants, UNCTAD visited Nagpur along with over three dozen African participants and by partnering with India’s Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, visited over 500 briquetting plants to understand the entire value chain processes, technologies involved and related economic benefits for the farmers.
The article concludes that with the cotton field conditions in India remaining similar to few African countries, the technologies adopted here for cotton waste to value could easily be implemented in those regions clean energy and increased farmer profits.