Thomro Investments Limited is a Zambian company headquartered in Lusaka. Thomro has been engaged in biofuels industry since 2005. The company has been undertaking feedstock plantation trials mostly on Jatropha, castor, moringa, sweet sorghum and cassava for biofuels production. The company is also engaged in cost optimization of feedstock plantation management that has attracted global attention, and the company has received visitors from various countries in all continents including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, UK and USA from outside Africa, and Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe from within Africa.
The company chairman is also a regular consultant on biofuels for high profile clients such as United Nations (UN), World Bank (WB) and International Labour Organisations (ILO). Examples of consultancy work done include (1) Promoting Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainable Development: Case studies of policy reforms and regulatory frameworks for Morocco, South Africa and Zambia, for UN; (2) Making Natural Resources Work for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development in Southern Africa, for UN; (3) Innovative Financing Mechanisms for Clean Energy with Emphasis on Energy Efficiency and Energy mix, for UN; (4) Economics of Biofuels: country case study for Zambia, for WB; (5) Biofuels Development in Africa: technology options and related policy and regulatory issues; (6) A baseline study of Jatropha cultivation in Western Province of Zambia, for Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV); .(7) Liquid Biofuels as a Viable Alternative to Fossil Fuels, for ILO; (8) Regulatory Reforms for Adoption of Biofuels Programmes in Selected African Countries and Guidelines – Mauritius as Case Study, for UN; (9) Conducting Training on Sustainable Biofuels Programme in Egypt (for East and North African Countries), Mauritius (for Southern African countries) and Senegal (for Central and West African countries), for UN; and (10) An Analysis of the Global Jatropha Industry and an In-depth Case Study of the Value Chain for Jatropha in Zambia, for ILO.