Biofuel: Africa’s new oil?
April 15, 2008 Editor 0
Biofuel holds great promise for Africa but the research isn’t yet in place to reap the rewards, or analyse the pitfalls, reports Kimani Chege.
It is only ten o’clock in the morning and Kenyan taxi-van driver Richard Kamiri is already tired. Throughout the morning he has had to explain to his passengers the reason he has repeatedly hiked the fare. In just a week, crude oil prices have risen twice — with the people bearing the costs.
This scenario is increasingly common in energy-constrained Africa. Over-reliance on fossil fuels has long drained national budgets. Fuel prices are rising by the day and with little control over internationally determined prices, governments are seeking alternatives to meet the fuel needs of a rising urban population.
African governments are increasingly looking to biofuel as a viable way to do this. Read More on SciDev
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