Bioenergy Can Benefit The Rural Poor

Bioenergy, when produced on a small-scale in local communities, can play a significant role in rural development in poor countries, is the headline message in a new report jointly published by FAO and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

The study, “Small Scale Bioenergy Initiatives: Brief Description and Preliminary Lessons on Livelihood Impacts from Case Studies in Latin America, Asia and Africa,” covers 15 different “start-up” bioenergy projects from 12 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia, involving a diverse array of technologies. At first glance the 142 pages may look somewhat in(bio)digestible, but a glance at the appendices shows where the interest is. Below is a list of the projects included:

  • Mali Jatropha ElectrificationUT
  • Senegal Chardust Briquettes
  • Senegal Typha Charcoal
  • Tanzania Sisal Biogas
  • Tanzania Palm Oil
  • Kenya Afforestation Charcoal
  • Ethiopia Ethanol Stoves
  • India Jatropha Electrification
  • Biodiesel based Water pumping program in rural Tribal villages of Orissa
  • Sri Lanka Spice Drying
  • Brazil Ethanol Micro-distilleries
  • Guatemala Jatropha Biodiesel
  • Peru Veg-Oil Recycling
  • Thailand Jatropha Co-operative
  • Vietnam Farm Biogas

The palm oil project is of particular interest, given WEKFAR’s interest in palm oil in neighbouring Kenya. The report can be downloaded here: Small Scale Bioenergy Initiatives and members of the WEKFAR team can be contacted from the About Us page here.


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