Currently the Republic of Niger imports all sugar from neighbouring countries Nigeria and Burkina Faso, but also from France, consuming hard currencies and putting a big burden on the countries trade balance. However, in the southern regions there is a lot of sugarcane farming, and lots of fertile land available to even expand this cultivation. Unfortunately, there is no sugar refinery plant. The sugarcane trade is thus limited to the local market, with an oversupply as a result and low prices for farmers. Apparently, a big proportion of the sugar cane is not even reaching markets. This is a big opportunity to create added value in transforming the sugarcane into sugar, organise the production and market to the benefit of the local farmers, and make better use of the actual production capacity. Together with a renowned Belgian specialist in agricultural extraction processes, IIDG will set out to study the possibilities for financing and operation of a sugarcane refinery, coupled to a biomass power generating plant.