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Publication - Mapping of Cereals, Fisheries and other Productive Use Businesses for Village Mini-grids: A Review of 15 African Countries

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Title
Mapping of Cereals, Fisheries and other Productive Use Businesses for Village Mini-grids: A Review of 15 African Countries
Publisher
Energy 4 Impact & Inensus
Author
Mercy Rose, Sarah Kanda, Diana Kollanyi, Abishek Bharadwaj, Sylvain Boursier, Nico Peterschmidt & Peter Weston
Published in
February 2019
Abstract
Light industry and small businesses – so-called ‘productive users’ (PUs) – are a key factor in the success of village-based, green mini-grids (MGs) in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA). In most cases MGs are not able to reach a sufficient level of sales from private households to secure their financial viability and so have to sell to PUs. However, without linkage to and support for PUs, MGs are likely to struggle to increase local commercial uptake of electricity to achieve the critical mass of sales required. This report aims to start addressing this problem by mapping potential PU businesses for MGs in 15 African countries.

The report focuses on PU activities in 15 African countries, namely: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

It identifies 43 different types of off-grid PU activity that are relevant for village-based MGs. It provides indepth analysis on those sectors which offer the greatest opportunities for MGs to electrify PU activities, namely cereals (maize, sorghum and millet, and rice) and fisheries (fish capture and aquaculture).
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