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Women in Finance
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Small Business Development and Facilitation for 2 Private Equity Funds
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RSA, Botswana and Branching into other African Countries
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At 8:46pm on August 2, 2009, CLIVE RICHARDSON said…
We seek to illustrate a ten year Centre of Excellence (COE) driven, integrated agriculture to Industry bioenergy project for the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania. (Two-Three years to set up and establish first harvest values + ten years of systematic extension and management of complete value chains) for approval by the Tanzania Investment Promotion Centre.

The prime areas of activity will be:

COE- at Lake Chala, with indication that this will evolve to be Univeristy Kilimanjaro East African Sustainable Bioenergy Centre; (includes + 200Ha's of Land).
CHP-Waste to energy and Biomass to Energy Arusha town (+160,000pop) and Moshi Town (+250,000pop).
City Sludge Collection and Processing Centres- Arusha and Moshi.
KIA Biorefinery- Kilimanjaro International Airport. To include CHP-Pyrolysis-MixAlco-Bio Jet Fuel and related value added liquid fuels and lubricants plus other commodity production.

We are currently assessing the requirements that will be essential for the professional agricultural extension of Jatropha Curcas Linn at specific rain fed suitable locations (non-food/non pasture or Miombo woodland/forest land locations). Setting a target of 30,000 Ha's of extension per annum.

(NB: While using Jatropha as our benchmark plant species we are aware of alternative species and waste from current (Sugar, Coffee, General) agriculture for biomass)

We have set a target of $4000 USD per Ha of extension and support; inclusive of Government of Tanzania led land assessments, allocations and community collaborations; placing a premium upon ensuring that correct land areas are identified and allocated to community members under special land title agreements for the cultivation JCL and/or other Biomass/Oil Seed energy marginal land crops with the support of the COE extension professionals, workers and equipment.

The ideology will incorporate a regional calendar of activities to include plant protection and nutrient delivery, harvest collection and transport for processing. Our model will target to harvest Biomass inclusive of oil seeds.

With professional management of the established stands the target will be to obtain up to 6% CJO (Crude Jatropha Oil) from the Biomass and to process 100% of the biomass to usable products, inclusive of recycling nutrients back to the JCL stands.

The intention is to establish a "template" that may guide the cultivation of JCL and other energy crops at strategic locations throughout the subtropical regions and suggest the various biomass processing technologies that can be developed in synergy to deliver a variety of value added energy commodities.

At an average yield of 40Mt of Biomass per Ha the potential is to deliver 1,200,000 Mt of Bio mass from 30,000 Ha, and to increase this each year by a further 30,000 Ha's for ten years. (Target following ten years of harvesting 12,000,000Mt's of Biomass from farming the approved marginal lands of the Kilimanjaro Region.)

National Policy in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Ghana, Nigeria, Angola, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Congo, DRC, Ethiopia, and others countries suggests that a complete bioenergy model is a requirement for obtaining decentralised energy objectives, liquid bio fuels for domestic and export sales and, for completing the cycle of agriculture that delivers nutrient back to the cultivation areas..

KBC has targeted to have Bio Jet Fuel as a lead to market export driver as delivery FOB at rural International Airports allows for a "Least Cost" export sale and minimum GHG emissions associated with manufacturing.

At this time we have not calculated the Carbon reduction accounts anticipated but will relate this TIC application to the national consultant office of the UNFCCC.

Given the objectives outlines above we would be delighted if Jatropha Africa experts would be in a position to offer details related to the DBOT possibilities with CHP waste to energy processes and suggest the complex Biorefinery servcies required to deliver a comprehensive range of energy products at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Indicating the costs of CHP, Biorefinery and other process technologies as well as projected feedstock requirements and operational outputs.

Additionally we are assuming advanced training requirements for Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Machinery Operations, Repair and Maintenance, Basic to professional farm management skills and of course the very wide range of skills that would be required to support the design, build, and operation of Bioenergy technologies at all levels for a complete Agriculture to Industry project.

The over all objective is to establish the opportunity to replicate a comprehensive agriculture to industry model at strategic locations, raising substantial funds to effect this from multi national resources.

Yours Sincerely

Clive Richardson
At 8:21pm on March 18, 2009, Otto Formo said…
Dear Collen,
We, Miombo, an NGO based in Norway and GreenForze Ltd, a consulting company and production unit makeing pellets out of biomass based in Sweden, like to involve business women in southern part of Africa to be involved in biomass fuel production to be used in the rural and peri-urban households.
We like to introduce the TLUD stove PekoPe which is a multifuel combussion system stove by using any type of dry biomass.
Two of my colleges are travelling to Zambia to morrow to introduce the system there.
We are just working on a project proposal for Botswana and like very much to involve the businesswomen there togehther with the women from the rural areas.
If possible, could you give us some contact persons there.



Otto Formo
Forester and boardmember of MIOMBO
At 8:25am on March 4, 2009, John Holmes said…
Hi Colleen,
thanks for the reply on mushrooms, yes we are working with DTI and a Spanish Women's Empowerment group.

We are now working on the 2nd Bamboo Planting Project to produce 640 mega watts of power for Western Cape and Torrified Bamboo pellets for Europe or South Africa consumption. To plant the Bamboo and look after for first two years we are looking for $20 million. This is a very lucrative green, carbon credit, employment (2500 people ) project. Please talk to me if this can fly with you and I can supply more info. This is a community development project as well.
At 4:31pm on February 20, 2009, Colleen Larsen said…
Hi John

The Fund I am busy with is a Private Equity Fund with the minimum investment in the region of US$20 million. We ar however developing a women empowerment fund for Africa which should be available towards the second half of the year, so please keep in touch and we can see what we can do.

Have you tried DTI as they have a Fund for women.

At 4:08pm on February 20, 2009, John Holmes said…
Do you think your company would help in financing women to grow mushrooms in Western Cape. Investment of R5 million. Please come back to me

John Holmes
At 8:48pm on November 11, 2008, Victor Oluremi Adedoyin said…
Hi Colleen,

I am interested to chat on your projects.


Victor O. Adedoyin

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