The development of bio-fuels as a source of energy for developing countries is still at an early stage. Initial signs suggest they could be one ingredient of a low-carbon route to development though many challenges remain to be tackled. This issue of the GVEP International newsletter brings together opinions and experiences from a number of our Partners currently working with biofuels, whether in production, investment, or policy.

Their insights range from the appropriateness of certain plants over others, to the importance of developing an efficient production process, to the implications of biofuels development for gender equity.

Biofuels: the future for Africa?

Lucas Rosario, a GVEP Partner working in India and Africa tells the Partnership why he thinks biofuels can change the future for Africa.

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Investing in Pure Plant Oils

Chris Hunter, Director of Viridesco, describes how their business model can enable local villagers to grow and produce their own fuel in a cost-effective way.

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Can biofuels help tackle gender inequality?

Wendy Annecke, Director of GERT, discusses the development of Policy relating Women and Biofuels in South Africa.

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Jatropha versus Palm Oil

Nsahdzeyuf JudeLeh, Chairman of GREENERY, describes how growing the right biofuel can have a considerable impact on poverty and environmental damage in Cameroon.

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Bio-ethanol: the case for sugar cane

Tomas Petti Martins, Director, and Renata Camargo Duca, Programme Manager, of Zeus Global Development in Brazil discuss the relative merits of sugar cane and corn as sources of bio-ethanol.

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Sustainable production of cane for biofuels

Marcelo Leal, from the Cooperbio project in Brazil questions the environmental sustainability of large scale sugar cane production and proposes an alternative approach.

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Jatropha is not always smooth running

Albert Ngwira of DAPP, Zambia, discusses the challenges involved in a community generated Jatropha project.

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Join the biofuels debate

“Biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75% - far more than previously estimated - according to a confidential World Bank report”
Via Guardian Website

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3rd Global Jatropha Hi-Tech Agricultural Training Programme

Rajasthan, India, 21-25 July,

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Agricultural Biotechnology for Better Living and a Clean Environment (ABIC 2009)

Bangkok, Thailand, 22-25 Sept 2009.

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Biodiesel Congress

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1-3 Sept 2009.

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2nd Algae Biofuel Summit 2009

New Dehli, India, 8-10 Sept 2009.

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Bioenergy Markets West Africa

Accra, Ghana, 27-29 Oct 2009.

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Biofuels 2009, 4th Annual Meeting

Budapest, Hungaria, 27-29 Oct 2009.

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Biofuels Rural Development and Empowerment of Women

This book of case studies represents a collaborative effort to explore the potential of biofuels to provide sustainable livelihoods and local sources of energy for people in rural areas of developing countries, with a special emphasis on women.

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Biofuels or food resources?

Biofuels are at the heart of many complex ecological and economic issues. To further explore these issues, Energy Foundation for the World and the Environment and New Energies Regional Agency (Arene IDF) have come together to produce a specially dedicated newsletter, full of a range of valuable resources.

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Report Jayant Sarnaik, IUCN World Congress

Barcelona, October 2008

The World conservation congress held this year in Barcelona from 5th to 14th October is one of the biggest events in the field of environmental protection in the World organized every four years by the International Union for conservation of Nature- a world’s leading and biggest conservation organization.

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Sustainable Bioenergy: A Framework for Decision Makers

This paper points to key social, economic, and ecological sustainability issues raised by the rapid development of bioenergy in both small- and large-scale applications.

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A Growing Debate, Bioenergy in the 21st century

What are the key elements to assess the global impacts of bioenergy? In this paper, UNEP discusses how bioenergy is neither a ‘silver bullet’ nor a human tragedy.

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Biofuels in Asia: a sustainability Analysis

The purpose of this report is to provide an objective and comprehensive regional analysis summarizing the benefits and risks of biofuels development in Asia, and examining the distribution and use of biofuels through the lens of global climate change; biodiversity conservation; energy alternatives; food security; economic development; and local livelihoods.

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