AGROVALOR - Energy valorization of agro-industrial waste in Côte d'Ivoire

December 2017
June 2021
Project cost
800 000 €
Role in the project


Côte d’Ivoire


Agriculture Agroprocessing Bioenergy


Cashew Shea Cassava

Main goals

Disseminate energy recovery equipment for agro-industrial waste in Ivoiry Coast, adapted to the local context to promote agro-industrial waste from the cashew, cassava and shea sectors, particularly in the cities of Bouaké and Korhogo, by ensuring a transfer of skills for replication of these technologies in Côte d'Ivoire.

Specific objectives

  • Design and commercialize appropriate technologies for energy recovery of cashew nuts and cassava and shea processing wastes
  • Strengthen local skills by training young technicians, structuring equipment operators and the appropriation of results by a public institution Energy recovery


  • Direct beneficiaries: companies, cooperatives or productive groups (associations or GIEs) active in the processing of cashew, shea or cassava
  • Indirect beneficiaries: the employees of these structures, mainly women whose revenues will be consolidated


R1. At least 8 cashew processors are equipped with a pyrolysis furnace for shell enhancement
R2. At least 30 groups of women producing attiéké and 6 groups of women who process shea have acquired energy equipment (improved biodigester and / or oven)
R3. A training program for young technicians is developed with 2 training modules
R4. 3 OEM operators are created or strengthened to respond to other requests


A1. Realization of 12 techno-economic design studies in cashew processing units
A2. Installation of 8 ovens and training of staff of each beneficiary
A3. Valorization of shell biochar
A4. Phase 1: Design and installation of biodigesters and kilns in 5 attiéké processing groups and 1 shea processing group
A5. Phase 2: installation of improved biodigesters and fireplaces in 25 attiéké groups and installation of equipment within 5 shea groupings
A6. Economic and Environmental Assessment and setting up of a financing mechanism adapted to women's groups
A7. Sensitization and capacity building of women's groups
A8. Development of vocational training programs and selection of two training centers
A9. Training of 10 artisans in metallurgy and 10 masonry craftsmen for the manufacture of ovens
A10. Opportunity study of replication of vocational training
A11. Evaluation of existing equipment suppliers in the fireplaces and ovens sector
A12. Support for the creation or strengthening of 3 operators able to design, market, manufacture and install broadcast equipment

Related people

Head of Agrovalor Project in Côte d'Ivoire

Dorgeles Gomeu

Holder of an engineering degree in management of mining, oil and energy activities, Dorgeles joined the Nitidæ team in 2016 and became Head of the Agrovalor project in January 2018. He brings his expertise in coordination, the implementation and monitoring of the activities of this project.

Project manager / Bioenergy & Waste / Burkina

Julia Artigas Sancho

Process engineer and holder of a European MsC in Renewable energies, she works on energy-related issues in African industry, since 2016. Process optimization and agri-waste-to-energy systems are her main expertise areas: appropriate technologies, training on operation and maintenance, biofuels…

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Project officer / Environment

Eléonore Bléoué

Holder of a degree in Water and Environment Engineering, Eléonore joined the Agrovalor project team in May 2018. She assures the collection of data necessary for the realization of techno-economic studies as well as the accompaniment of the beneficiaries as for the use and maintenance of equipment promoted by the project

Project manager / Bioenergy & Waste

Etienne Perrier

Having graduated from the Engineering School INSA of Lyon as an Engineer in Energy & Environment, option "Thermal systems engineering", Section "Top-level sport", he brings his expertise in renewable thermal systems implementation and analysis, in the food processing industry (shea and cashew), waste recycling and training of local experts

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Country representative in Côte d'Ivoire

Benjamin Garnier

Agricultural Engineer, specialised in "quality of the environment and resources management", from the French National School of Agricultural Science and Engineering of Toulouse (INP ENSAT). He brings his expertise in feasibility studies for investment funds, agricultural markets studies and analysis of value chains

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Accounting and Administrative Assistant / Côte d'Ivoire

Esther Kossiwa Emefa Homawoo

Holder of a Superior Technician certificate obtained in Piger Côte d'Ivoire, she has 7 years of experience in management and accounting. She previously held the positions of accountant, accounting assistant and cashier saleswoman in companies and accounting firm. She joined the Nitidæ Côte d'Ivoire team in February 2020 as an Accounting and Administrative Assistant based in Bouaké for the Agrovalor project

Project manager / Bioenergy & Waste / Burkina-Faso

Hervé Abbo

Holder of a diploma in Energy Engineering and a master's degree in International Relations, he worked on improved stoves on behalf of organizations such as the Ministry of Energy and GIZ in Benin. Before joining the team, he worked as a Green Energy Project Manager (Recovery of biodegradable household waste into biofuels) for a Benin-French NGO

Local Technical Assistant / Bioenergy & Waste / Côte d'Ivoire

Marius Aka Dogo

Holder of a Technician Certificate in Metallic Work, he joined Nitidæ in February 2020, as a Local Technical Assistant on the Agrovalor Project in Bouaké

Local technician/ Bioenergy & Waste / Côte d'Ivoire

Bakary Tanko Soro

He holds a boiler technician diploma. He worked at Sitab as well as Agefop. In June 2019, he joined the Agrovalor Project as an intern. In February 2020, he was hired as a Local Technician on the Agrovalor Bouaké project


Dohomin Alain Yéo

Based in Bouaké, he is the driver-courier for the Agrovalor project