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UNDP Multifunctional Platform
- This project was originally developed through a UNIDO/IFAD regional project in Mali and Burkina Faso from 1994 and has expanded to other West African countries including Ghana, Guinea, and Senegal.1
What It Is
- The multifunctional platform is built around a simple diesel engine, which can also run off pure jatropha oil.1
- It can power various tools, such as a cereal mill, husker, alternator, battery charger, pump, welding and carpentry equipment, etc. It can also generate electricity and be used to distribute water.
- It reduces many of the women's burdensome, exhausting and unproductive tasks (fetching water, grinding cereals...), and when women own or operate the platform it offers women income-generating opportunities and management experience and increases women’s social status as they become more economically independent.1
- It is made of locally available equipment and is installed and maintained by local private artisans.1
- It can stimulate the creation, the development and/or modernisation of other artisenal activities in the villages (e.g. blacksmiths, mechanics, carpentry, etc…).1
- Recent UNDP projects consist of: engine, mill, dehuller, alternator, battery charger, and house. The cost of the equipment and of the installation of the basic module is about $4,300, with 60 % financed by the beneficiaries and the $2000 subsidised by the project. Depreciation and variable costs (maintenance, remuneration for female operators) are borne entirely by a women’s management committee.1
- A drinkable water-distribution network can be installed using the platform, which costs about US$12,000 for 2000 meters of pipes, a 30 cubic meter tank and 4 taps. It is also possible to install an electric lighting distribution network in connection with the platform, that costs US$10,000.1
- The Jatropha Energy System: An Integrated Approach To Decentralized And Sustainable Energy Production At The Village Level by Laurens Rademakers and Giovanni Venturini Del Greco, ISF Firenze.
- Jatropha System - A website on the “Jatropha System”.
- Jatropha World - The Center for Jatropha Promotion is a web-site produced by the Society for Rural Initiatives for Promotion of Herbals (SRIPHL ) based in Churu, Rajasthan, India.
- FACT - Fuels from Agriculture in Communal Technology- extensive library with many documents related to Jatropha
- Reducing Rural Poverty through Increased Access to Energy Services: A Review of the Multifunctional Platform Project in Mali by Abeeku Brew-Hammond and Anna Crole-Rees; UNDP, 2004.
- Institutional options for rural energy access: Exploring the concept of the multifunctional platform in West Africa by Ivan Nygaard, Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy. Published in Energy Policy in 2010
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