Solar-Powered Sesame Oil Production in Burkina Faso

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Project title

Solar-Powered Sesame Oil Production in Burkina Faso

Project country/region

☐ East Asia & Pacific
☐ Europe & Central Asia
☐ Latin America & The Carribean
☐ Middle East & North Africa
☐ North America
☐ South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa - Burkina Faso

Project organisation

University of Hohenheim funded by GIZ ‘Sustainable Energy for Food – Powering Agriculture’

Project description

Sesame is one of the Burkina Faso’s largest commodities. Most of sesame grains are being exported, since only a few sesame oil processing units exist due to lack of infrastructure and high energy cost in the country. The aim of this project was to study the technical and economic viability of a solar-powered sesame oil production system at cooperative level.

The University of Hohenheim developed the solar-powered sesame oil press, which was piloted in Burkina Faso. While the innovation showed promise for exports of sesame oil to the European Union, it also raised the needs for technology improvements concerning moisture content of the sesame grains and oil quality preservation.

Main Partners: GIZ ‘Sustainable Energy for Food – Powering Agriculture’ Research Center in Biology, Food and Nutrition Sciences (CRSBAN Universté Ouaga I, Pr Joseph KI-ZERBO, Université Polytechnique de Bobo-Dioulasso (ISEA) GIZ ‘Green Innovation Center for the Agriculture and Food Sector’ Burkina Faso)

Project related to following sources of energy


☐ Biomass

☐ Biofuel

☐ Biogas

☐ Wind

☐ Geo-Thermal

☐ Hydro

☐ Energy Efficiency

☐ Other: /

Project primarily related to the following Commodity Groups

☐ Cereals

☐ Fruits and vegetables

☐ Nuts and berries

☐ Forage

☐ Dairy products

☐ Meat products

Oil Seeds

☐ Roots and Tubers

☐ Eggs

☐ Pulses

☐ Fiber Crops

☐ Forestry

☐ Sugars

☐ Stimulants

☐ Spices

☐ Other: /

Project primarily related to the following Agricultural Value Chain Steps

☐ Mechanization

☐ Efficiency of Operation


☐ Transportation

☐ Controlled Atmosphere

☐ Controlled Temperature

☐ Mechanical Sorting

☐ Preservation

☐ Other: /

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