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Climate Action 2007-2008

ENERGY 178

ENERGY 178 LESSONS LEARNT Authors Organisations Enquiries @ @ VISIT: WWW.CLIMATEACTIONPROGRAMME.ORG

Sustainable bioenergy in Africa: issues and possibilities Today, the majority of the African population finds itself trapped in a vicious cycle of low energy consumption, heavy dependence on traditional biomass energy, poverty and vulnerability to climatic variation. Modern bioenergy offers unique opportunities toward a strategy for unlocking this trap and developing smallholder business potential in Africa. With its tropical climate and huge land mass, Africa’s bioenergy potential is almost unlimited. Harnessing it requires, at least, a two-pronged strategy: (i) promoting smallholder production and processing schemes; and (ii) encouraging socially and environmentally-sustainable large scale investment. AFRICA AND TRADITIONAL BIOMASS ENERGY BENEFITS OF MODERN BIOENERGY IN AN AFRICA SETTING Broad-based development and greater multiplier effects Suitable for smallholder agriculture business Possibilities to export high value commodities Low tech solutions to energy problems ENERGY 179 VISIT: WWW.CLIMATEACTIONPROGRAMME.ORG