Makueni County, Kenya. Sunburnt earth, a small but cosy family home. A little further on, a farm and fields as far as the eye can see. Jany prepares for a day's work. In order to diversify her income, some time ago she introduced a new crop, castor beans. It is an oil-rich, drought-resistant plant that grows fast on degraded soils and does not compete with food production.
The castor beans harvested by Jany are addressed to the first agri-hub in the country and in the entire African continent set up by Eni, a seed collection and pressing plant. It was built in Wote, the county capital. The oil extracted from this agri-hub is processed and then sent to Eni’s bio-refineries, which will transform it into biofuels, an essential element for the decarbonization of transport. As early as the beginning of October 2022, the first cargo of vegetable oil for bio-refining produced by Eni in Kenya left the port of Mombasa bound for the Company's bio-refinery in Gela.