Africa gets the first green biorefinery for sustainable food

Using locally grown grass and other pasture crops, the goal of the biorefinery is to produce high-protein feed for livestock and create new income opportunities for smallholder farmers in Uganda.

It’s a step toward replacing expensive soybean imports with a high-quality, sustainable local source of protein, say those behind the project.

BIO4Africa, comprising 13 partners in Africa and 12 partners in the EU, is a four-year project to transfer simple, small-scale and robust bio-based technology to rural Africa. The aim is to empower African farmers and farming communities to produce a wider range of high-value products using local biomass. By developing new business opportunities, the project will help farmers do more with less and diversify their income. Circular business models will ensure social, economic and environmental sustainability.

The overall objective of the initiative is to contribute to long-term improvements in livelihoods, food security and community resilience and a reduction in rural migration.

The biorefinery is located in Fort Portal on the premises of the Kabarole Research & Resource Center (KRC), one of the 25 partners in the consortium. Another partner, the Dutch biotech company Grassa, has provided the expertise and equipment for the plant.

“The green biorefinery is not just the first in Africa. It is only the third of its kind in the world. We are looking for an integrated approach, in which many farmers and ranchers can benefit from this circular model.” said Mohammed Shariff, CEO of KRC.

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