Agroforestry systems in Senegal are a potential supplier of biomass and it’s substances for the Dutch biobased economy. That is the main conclusion of the recently completed exploratory study to identify agroforestry-based enterprise opportunities in Senegal, carried out for the Netherlands embassy in Dakar.
The biobased economy is growing strongly. More and more crops and residues from agriculture, forestry and the food industry are being used as green resources for the production of materials, chemicals, energy and fuel. This provides interesting economic opportunities for both the Netherlands – as a user of biomass – and for emerging and developing countries – as producers of biomass.
High potential substances are among others vegetable oils, pectin and Arabic gum. Most crops can provide more than one interesting substance which can increase the income for local farmers. As an agroforestry approach also increases biomass production (per hectare) and many crops can provide both food and biomass substances, this also has a positive impact on food security.