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The USISS Enterprise : a case study on the costs and benefits of solar-dried produce in Mali, including market opportunities and constraints


Document type: report
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Abstract: The present report reflects the results of a case study on a solar drying enterprise USISS in Mali. The company has been supported in the framework of the African Rural Energy Enterprise Development-initiative (AREED), a partnership of UNEP, E+Co (Energy Investment Service) and five country partners, offering sustainable energy entrepreneurs in the five countries, including Mali, a combination of enterprise development and start-up loans. In the report evidence is presented on whether and if so, how the USISS solar drying business contributed to poverty alleviation. To this end a detailed assessment of socio-economic and environmental costs and benefits is made, taking into account the life-cycle of the dried products. The report also reflects the results of a market study, identifying existing as well as potential new local, regional and/or international markets for sun dried mango and meat and barriers to these markets.
Authors: Pol, F. van der , Verkuijl, H.
Series Title: KIT Working Papers Series
Country: Mali
Category: Practice
Serial number: WPS.C3
ISSN: [1876-4142]
Keywords: sustainable development , economic development , environment
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
PAGE: 38
Place: Amsterdam
Publisher: KIT
Year: 2008
Region: West Africa
Right: © 2008 United Nations Environment Programme
Subject: Economic Development and Trade
Title: The USISS Enterprise : a case study on the costs and benefits of solar-dried produce in Mali, including market opportunities and constraints