Strategies To Use Biofuel Value Chain Potential in Sub-Saharan Africa to Respond to Global Change

Published on 12 April 2010

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Start Date: 4 January 2009 | End Date: 31 December 2011


The goal of this project is to identify the potential for linking low-productivity farming to small and medium enterprises (SME) to enhance livelihoods through biofuel value chains in the scope of increased global energy demand.The purpose of this project is to provide farmers, regional organizations and local authorities in sub-Saharan Africa with feasible strategies to benefit from biomass production potential and mitigate food insecurity.It aims to achieve the following outputs:1. Set of alternative global scenarios with disaggregation for sub-Saharan Africa with implicit climate change projections focusing on energy demand, resulting changes of crop prices, land use, biomass feedstock usage and traditional food production for biomass production; special focus on typologies of production schemes with competitive trade-offs between agricultural food and biofuel systems.2. National forecasts on biomass and energy production and consumption patterns (incl.cascading systems) in sub-Saharan Africa with resulting energy and climate balances on excess supply or gaps in supplies.3. Participatory biofuel value chain analysis for lowproductivity farmers subjected to pathways related to production and socio-economic conditions (e.g., employment, land tenure, human capacities); with special regard to comparing local market and export market with certification option of sustainable use of natural resources.4. Sustainability Impact Assessment in case study regions under developed alternative global energy scenarios with focus on implications for livelihoods, environmental safety, regional economy including a synthesized framework on costs, benefits and risks of regionalized typologies (pathways) of biofuel value chains and implications for food security.5. Information System for Decision Support in module-structure and theoretical concepts for Capacity Building incl. training measures at farm schools, local authorities to benefit small-scale farmers and / avoid negative effects.

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