PROAGROVALOR - Support to Agrovalor craftspeople for sustainable spread of Agrovalor technologies within the framework of SolinAE - Innovative solutions for access to sustainable energy off-grid

January 2020
March 2022
Project cost
146 000 €
Role in the project


Côte d’Ivoire


Agroprocessing Bioenergy Climate


Cashew Shea Cassava


Agency for ecological transition - ADEME · AFD - French Development Agency · Chigata · Atelier de Soudure Industrielle Somtinda - ASIS

Main goals

The small agrifood industry often uses rudimentary, energy-intensive and polluting tools. The project is part of the current Agrovalor RCI project, which aims to distribute efficient equipment (pyrolysis ovens, bio-digesters, etc.) and adapted to the energy recovery of waste resulting from the processing of cashew nuts, cassava and shea nuts in local food processors in these sectors

Specific objectives

SO1. Design and market suitable technologies for the energy recovery of cashew shells and waste from the processing of cassava and shea
SO2. Strengthen local skills through the training of young technicians, the structuring of equipment supplier operators and the appropriation of results by a public body


  • 9 different industrial sites to install 5 pyrolysis ovens, 3 boilers, 2 dryers and 4 biodigesters
  • 4 groups of producers/processors
  • 2 Ivorian structures reinforced in the design, manufacture, marketing, and installation of agrovalor equipment for processing shea
  • the population made aware of the environmental and socio-economic issues addressed by these technologies


R1. A reduction in carbon emissions (2,577,904 tonnes of CO2 avoided)
R2. A reduction in the pressure on the forest (826 tonnes of wood saved)
R3. Green fuel production (75 tonnes of coal produced)
R4. Valorization of fermentation juice (294 m3 treated cassava juice)
R5. A reduction in the externalities of the processing of shea (700 m3 of treated shea sludge)


A1. Installation of 5 pyrolysis ovens and training of staff for each beneficiary
A2. Valorization of organic shell charcoal
A3. The study, pilot tests, demonstration and capitalization of treatment and recovery solutions for shea and attiéké waste water, including biogas, composting, market gardening use, separation of components added value
A4. Environmental assessment and implementation of financing mechanisms adapted to women's groups
A5. Sensitization and capacity building of women's groups
A6. Study of opportunities for replicating professional training
A7. Support for the creation or strengthening of 2 operators to design, market, manufacture and install the equipment
A8. Monitoring / Evaluation
A9. Capitalization, communication

Related people

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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Head of Agrovalor Project / Bioenergy & Waste / Côte d'Ivoire

Mekeu Jules 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

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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Project Officer / Energy / Burkina

Magloire Sacla Aïde

Design & Mechanical Engineer, specialised in "Energy and industrial technician in mechanical production" from the Ecole Polytechnique of Abomey Calavi (EPAC) in Benin, he brings his expertise in renewable energy including biomass energy recovery and industrial process

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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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Project manager / Bioenergy & Waste / Burkina

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 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

Project officer / Bioenergy & Waste / Benin

Arnaud Niesz

Energy and environment engineer gratuaded from the Institut national des sciences appliquées (INSA) Lyon, he works on subjects related to material and energy recovery of agricultural and agro-industrial bio-waste (in the cashew nut sector particularly).

Driver / Côte d'Ivoire

Dohomin Alain Yéo

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

Energy project manager / Bioenergy & Waste / Côte d'Ivoire

Abel Dègnimon Sogbegnon

He holds a Masters in Energy and Electrical Engineering (2IE, Ouagadougou) and a Masters in Science Physic (UAC, Benin). He has expertise in drying technologies, gasification/pyrolysis, energy recovery from waste (biomass), food processing and industrial electrical installations in the cashew, mango, rice and vegetable oils sectors (cotton, shea nut, soy) in West Africa. He works in close partnership with local manufacturing shops and entrepreneurs in a skills transfer approach

Accounting assistant / Côte d'Ivoire

Fatima Anne Andrée Loum

Holder of a Master in Audit and Management Control from the Private University Faculties of Abidjan (FUPA), she joined the team in October 2021 as accounting assistant for the Agrovalor project based in Bouaké