Biofuel potential in Sub-Saharan Africa: Raising food yields, reducing food waste and utilising residues
Sub-Saharan Africa possesses considerable resources to produce sustainable liquid biofuels, based on biomass feedstocks that would neither conflict with food supplies nor add to carbon dioxide emissions. Fulfilling the region’s biofuel potential would depend on increased residue collection from food crops and forest products, as well as intensified cultivation of farmland, beyond food needs, and reducing waste and losses in the food chain.
Illustration Photo: Field research of iAGRI-scholar Mahinda Athuman regarding drip irrigation and climate change mitigation for sorghum grown in arid to semi-arid regions of central Tanzania, Africa. (credits: iAGRI Tanzania / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)))