Tag: Africa

New WWF report looks at opportunities for aviation biofuel production in Africa

New WWF report looks at opportunities for aviation biofuel production in Africa

January 31, 2019 |

In Austria, a new study, designed by IIASA researchers for conservation charity WWF, has found that while there is a small but not insignificant potential for the production of sustainable biofuels in sub-Saharan Africa, this should be prioritized for the aviation industry which has limited other options when it comes to reducing carbon emissions. The […]

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Commonwealth countries get knocked down, but get up again

Commonwealth countries get knocked down, but get up again

April 15, 2018 |

With 195 countries on the planet today, an impressive 53 countries are Commonwealth countries, including countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific. They include large, rich countries like Canada and Australia all the way to some of the smallest or poorest countries like Malawi and Sierra Leone. They are all meeting this […]

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Growing the African Biofuel Sector: What’s Not to Like?

Growing the African Biofuel Sector: What’s Not to Like?

October 22, 2017 |

By Gerard Ostheimer and Doug Faulkner Special to The Digest Lost in all the wrangling in Europe and the U.S. over the benefits of biofuels and whether or not they can mitigate climate change is the recognition that in Sub-Saharan Africa a thriving indigenous bioenergy industry can play a positive and productive role in modernizing […]

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Irish researchers find biofuels projects boost local food security in Africa

Irish researchers find biofuels projects boost local food security in Africa

November 21, 2016 |

In Ireland, researchers from the University College Cork have published a paper in the SpringerLink journal, Food Security, saying biofuels produced under the right conditions can have positive food security impacts on developing countries including in Africa. The lack of consistent policy framework in Europe and unclear policy goals in African countries have hampered much […]

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Swaziland’s bagasse could be boon for African electricity industry?

Swaziland’s bagasse could be boon for African electricity industry?

March 23, 2015 |

In Swaziland, a new report estimates that energy produced from bagasse could meet half of the country’s electricity demand. The Swaziland Renewables Readiness Assessment recommends the country undertake various measures to support the implementation of renewable energy including: extending existing tax credits to the sugar industry to incentivize investment in more efficient equipment for bagasse-based […]

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Feed the Future Innovation Lab to fund ten African projects to develop sorghum and millet

Feed the Future Innovation Lab to fund ten African projects to develop sorghum and millet

September 8, 2014 |

In Kansas, project funding through the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet has been announced, selecting six projects in West Africa and four projects in Ethiopia. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research in Sorghum and Millet is a consortium of cutting-edge research aimed at improving the […]

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Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing Business Plan Competition accepting project proposals

Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing Business Plan Competition accepting project proposals

March 23, 2014 |

In Africa, the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) is co-organizing the Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFRICEF-3) Business Plan Competition. The aim of the competition is to identify and nurture entrepreneurs, start-ups and existing companies with green ambitions in Africa, and serve as a conduit between them and financiers. To be considered, projects […]

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Allied Atlantic Distillers commissions first cassava-based biofuel plant in Africa

Allied Atlantic Distillers commissions first cassava-based biofuel plant in Africa

February 3, 2014 |

In Nigeria, Allied Atlantic Distillers Limited have commissioned the first cassava-based biofuel plant in Africa. The feedstock has been proved as commercially viable and cost-competitive, but has not yet been implemented in Africa, despite the region’s dominance in cassava production. While capacity for the plant remains to be determined, the project is currently working with […]

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Bedford Biofuels pulls out of Kenyan biofuels project

Bedford Biofuels pulls out of Kenyan biofuels project

June 24, 2013 |

In Kenya, Bedford Biofuels has fully pulled out of its Tana River Delta project, which attempted to convert up to 600 square miles into jatropha farmland in a humantiarian project that would have brought foreign business to a particularly poor, rural part of the country. Local resistance prevented the project from taking off, as ethnic […]

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FuturaGene, Danforth Center hook up to enhance staple crop yields in Asia, Africa and Brazil

FuturaGene, Danforth Center hook up to enhance staple crop yields in Asia, Africa and Brazil

May 31, 2013 |

In Israel, FuturaGene entered into an agreement with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to bring FuturaGene’s plant yield-enhancing technology to staple crops grown by farmers in Asia, Africa and Brazil. Yield enhancement technology will be tested first on model plants and if successful, the technology will be transferred to specific food crops. The aim […]

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