Over the last few years Hivos has engaged in various biofuel programmes in developing countries with view to supplementing smallholder incomes from energy crop production (in particular that of Jatropha Curcas L.) while also promoting the local extraction and use of pure plant oil (PPO), as well as a range of other products that can be derived from it. Wider benefits for producers and the local community were envisaged to include the stimulation of the local economy and protection from volatile fossil fuel markets via the local production of fuel from oil crops. Hivos has so far supported seven pilot projects involving oil crops.
The results of the ‘meta evaluation’ of six of these projects (based in Honduras, Mozambique, Peru, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe respectively) are presented here. The seventh (the VEDCO project in Uganda) was deemed to be in too incipient a phase to be evaluated. Chapters 2 through 7 of this ‘meta document’ consist of the separate evaluation reports of each of the six projects.