Updated on 3rd March 2004 by JW
Demonstrating Increased Resource Use Efficiency in the Sugar Industry of Southern Africa through Environmentally Sustainable Energy Production.
Financed by the Common Fund for Commodities
Caption: Sweet Sorghum at Lowveld Research Station, in 1995, Zimbabwe.
Contacts: jeremy.woods@imperial.ac.uk (Imperial College London, UK), Leonard Nybanga (CRS, Zimbabwe), or Lindsay Jolly (ISO, UK)

Project Progress Reports:

Current Status:

A new Fast-track project funded by the CFC began in November 2003 and is scheduled for completion in June 2005. The project will establish, grow and process the sweet sorghum from two trials, located in Zambia and managed by CEEEZ, Lusaka. In total 30ha will be planted by small-holder farmers and a report on the potential for the use of sweet sorghum in Nigeria will be provided.

The project was successfully completed after the terminal workshop held in Harare, September 2002.  A 60 ha trial was harvested and crushed and processed on the 15th March 2002.

A final dissemination workshop was held in the beginning of September 2002 and the workshop reports are being processed by the Common Fund for Commodities.

Overview & Links

Project Duration: 5 years (began 1st July 1997): extended until August 2002

Location: Chiredzi Research Station, Buffalo Range and Triangle Sugar Co. Ltd, Triangle, Zimbabwe

Technical visits by technicians/scientists from:

Nature of Project: To demonstrate the feasibility of co-cropping sweet sorghum with sugar cane (utilising fallow land) for the production of energy. The project will develop a Methodology and Systems Analysis Model to act as a decision support system for replication and technology impacts.

Conduct an International Workshop at end of project.

Financing provided by CFC: US$ 628 344

Project Executing Agency (PEA): Science and Industry Research and Development Centre (SIRDC), Harare, Zimbabwe.

Supervisory Body: International Sugar Organization

Contents: (for more details click on the links below)

Part one

A. Background and Strategy

B. Wider (policy) objective:

C. Immediate objectives

D. Beneficiaries:

E. Conformity of objectives with the policies of the Common Fund

Part Two

F. The immediate objectives of the project

G. The scientific or technical problems to be addressed

and the feasibility of the proposed project

H. Economic and financial justification

I. Social Impact

J. Environmental Impact

Project Implementation

K. The Work plan

Phase One (1st and 2nd years)

Phase Two (3rd year)

L. Project inputs

M. Risk

Management of the project

O. The Project Executing Agency

P. Supervisory Body

Q. Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation



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