Moving toward sustainable biofuel programs in Africa. The First High-Level Biofuels Seminar in Africa 30 July – 1 August 2007, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. STANFORD MWAKASONDA Energy Research Centre University of Cape Town, South Africa. Biofuels in Africa - Opportunities.
The First High-Level Biofuels Seminar in Africa
30 July – 1 August 2007, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Energy Research CentreUniversity of Cape Town, South Africa
“Bioenergy holds out enormous opportunities…, especially in the developing world - but there are dangers too, and we want to be very clear about them"
Gustavo Best, FAO Senior Energy Coordinator
“A firm seeking to invest in an ethanol energy project has been finding it hard to secure a big enough piece of land for the cultivation of sugarcane, the main raw material in the business”
- Mr. Nazir Karamagi, Tanzania Minerals and Energy minister
“…there are legal procedures one must follow to acquire land for such investments. There is no short-cut and they cannot start without following these procedures, including compensating local residents”
- Ms. Rhoda Nsemwa, Bagamoyo District Executive Director
(Tanzania Guardian, 2/7/2007)
“A row over the conversion of rainforests into biofuel plantations is creating a grave political crisis for a country until now seen as a beacon for democracy in Africa.”
“The president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, is this week pressing ahead with plans to give a large chunk of one of the country’s last protected forests to a sugar cane company (Ugandan Asians) so it can expand its operations…to cash in on the booming global market in sugar for biofuels”
“ The crisis reached boiling point last week when a demonstration against the plan in the capital Kampala turned into an ugly race riot. Asian shops were ransacked, an Asian was stoned to death and police killed two demonstrators”
(19 April 2007, NewScientist.com news service: Fred Pearce )
“Biofuels in Africa…
see the opportunities…
see the concerns…
…secure the future.”
Stanford A.J Mwakasonda
Energy Research Centre
University of Cape Town
P/Bag, Rondebosch, 7701