Economy of Numbers vs. Economy of Scale
There is a strong case to be made for a co-operative, biobased economy in Africa ..
.. and that therefore includes small, decentralised, rural production units, which form part of a greater supply chain. Africa specifically and emerging economies (BRICS) in general, have enormous agricultural land development potential. Our µ-BioRefinery™ is geared towards enabling small-scale processing of (non-food) biomass in rural areas. Besides its ability of processing agricultural residues that can be removed without negative impact on soil or water, our micro-biorefining approach also offers a selection of "energy" crops that are suitable for many African growing conditions. The µ-BioRefinery™ will bring additional revenue to small-holder farmers and will empower these farmers to move from subsistence farming to participating in the sustainable growth of the green economic.
DalinYebo's holistic approach in Connecting-The-Dots™ of the entire biomass-to-market value chain provides knowhow that extends beyond the optimising/maximising technical aspects or implementing projects. That is why our team consists not only of technical and projects specialists, but also includes professionals from and farming, biomass transport/logistics, plant breeding, plant pathology, genetics, biotechnology, marketing, economy and accounting.
Job creation is a key-focus of our activities. In collaboration with a rural development NGO, we determined that at least 1 new direct and permanent job is created per 2 ha (Reference: uThukela GreenEnergyPark™ concept plan). Assuming a greenfields cluster of three µ-BioRefineries, using sweet stem sorghum as its feedstock, the newly created jobs in the farming sector would be ±5,000. Using a conservative multiplier, once can expect in excess of 12,000 new and permanent jobs.
The above business cluster projects a combined annual income of R0.55 billion (US$55 million). In South Africa, we have identified at least 5 areas for the development of these clusters. Then there is the rest of Africa and the BRICS: Economy-Of-Numbers at its best!
Achieving the Millennium Goals
The values of co-operation – equity, solidarity, self-help and mutual responsibility – are cornerstones of our shared endeavour to build a fairer world. (Kofi Annan, 29/06/2001)
The collaborative economic approach of the µ-BioRefinery™ recognises the contribution SMMEs or co-operatives can make to achieving the Millennium goals of full and productive employment, eradicating poverty, enhancing social integration and promoting the advancement of women.
Connecting-The-Dots™ (Creating Biobased Businesses: About our experience to connect the many "dots" of the value chains that every successful biobased business needs)
µ-BioRefinery™ (in propinquitatem ad biomasa; Bringing biorefining in proximity to biomass)
GreenEnergyPark™ (Smart biomass - agricultural/forest residues - conversions to energy, chemicals and commercial products)
International Furan Technology (An independent developer and implementer of furfural process technologies)