Bioenergy - Instituto Ecológica

Bioenergy - Instituto Ecológica


Bioenergy in Family Agriculture and Sustainable Markets

Community Development
Biodiversity Conservation
Knowledge Enhancement
Technology Transfer Climate Change Water Resources
Ecosystem Cerrado and Amazon
Localization Pium and Palmas/TO
Legal Framework National and International Funding
Project Status Completed
Fundraising Modality Exclusive
Fundraising Status Closed

Local Context

The program aims to implement a model to integrate the production and marketing of bio-alcohol and animal feed derived from cassava and other starches, cultivated in rural communities in the municipalities of Porto Nacional, Pium and Palmas, in the state of Tocantins. The project lasted from 2006 to 2010 and was supported by Eletronorte and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and had partnerships with the Federal University of Tocantins, Sebrae, Seagro, and the local governments.

Project Description

The project included raining and technical assistance for rural farmers , implementation of production systems for bio-alcohol and animal feed from cassava, and the dissemination of these best practices. The main goals were the operation of the plant as a training tool and as validation of a business model for family farming in Tocantins; transfer of knowledge to farmers regarding techniques for collective and sustainable production; deployment of production systems from the manufacture of biofuel, rectified alcohol and animal feed; creation of a communication mechanism for the project by disseminating actions, seeking replicability and sustainability.

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Resume (Portuguese)

Project Pictures


  • Increase of Tocantins participation in the production of biofuels.
  • Knowledge transfer to farmers on sustainable production.
    Clean and sustainable fuel production, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change.


  • Alcohol production and commercialization.
  • Animal food production and commercialization.
  • Research and development.
  • Empowerment of small farmers.
Mini Plants Implementation
Small Producers Cooperatives
Benefited Families