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  • Biofuels: the future for Africa? | GVEP International
    to cultivate the jatropha and use the oil from the seeds to produce biodiesel The rural communities in Africa predominantly live in poverty and are deprived of many basic necessities such as electricity biogas and running water The majority grow food crops purely for subsistence due to the numerous challenges involved with selling crops such as the lack of a market fluctuating prices depending upon supply and a lack of technological support to improve production methods The implementation of biodiesel projects will help to generate agricultural enterprise in rural areas and increase income levels as the biodiesel market is better developed both for export and domestic use The higher income will enable rural communities to pay for basic necessities including sanitation and medical needs and schooling The demand for biodiesel is considerable ensuring that the price of seeds will be stable into the future Project supporters can buy seeds at contracted prices ensuring more stability for the income received by rural communities There are numerous benefits to such a renewable energy project not only can biodiesel be produced from jatropha oil but electricity can be produced from the jatropha fruit shell biogas can be produced from the oil cake and the final slurry is a good bio fertilizer The greater the use of renewable energy the lower the dependence upon rising oil prices resulting in greater energy security for Africa Add to this the associated employment opportunities and the environmental benefit and it is hard to negate the advantages of expanding the sector There are those who argue that using land to grow crops for energy leads to a rise in food prices but this is not applicable to Africa where current land utilization rate is exceptionally low Land is in abundance there is plenty to cater to both energy

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  • Can biofuels help tackle gender inequality? | GVEP International
    fuel debate and changing patterns of land use for biofuel production instead of for example forests meant that the impacts of climate change were felt faster and more visibly causing people to question the socio economic and environmental costs of biofuel production The livelihoods of small scale farmers who had been engaged in subsistence farming across the developing world were clearly most at risk from this new threat Many of these small scale farmers were women and this is particularly so in Africa where it is predominantly women who are the agriculturalists the unsung food producers National biofuel strategies and policies on the other hand were being developed and aimed at large scale investors and commercial farmers most of whom are men and many of whom have little regard for the gender dynamics which exclude women from any benefits which may accrue from the production of biofuels In South Africa there was a study commissioned by the South African National Energy Research Institute to investigate the conditions under which women farmers could benefit from the production of biofuels The study learned not only from South African women but also from case studies such as those in Zambia and Tanzania which were supported by the GAPFund A report was produced which considered what could be done to support women who wanted to be biofuel producers in an open market The recommendations from the study are now being turned into policy with the aim of addressing the needs of women so that they are able to benefit from biofuel production without threatening their own livelihoods or security but rather enhancing their access to energy and their abilities as agri producers The intention is to provide women with access to all links and parts of the extended biofuels value chain The draft policy

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  • Jatropha versus Palm Oil: which biofuel will best protect the environment in Cameroon? | GVEP International
    rural forum for the dissemination of knowledge and information on biofuels the environment poverty alleviation and provides a platform for various actors in the public and private sectors to establish dialogue enhance cooperation and develop partnerships GREENERY also functions as an active partner of rural entrepreneurs supporting rural development efforts through technical advice and financial support GREENERY s mission is to promote sustainable agricultural practices which will in turn offer a sustained level of production and profits GREENERY believes communal engagement is necessary to the success of its efforts to fix the root causes of Cameroon s energy poverty GREENERY works to involve the target population in the planning and implementation stages of their projects By fostering community investment GREENERY hopes to promote a tradition of productive collaboration between individuals and organizations and to use the resources and interests of many members of the community to strengthen the project s prospects GREENERY s fundamental objective is to steer farmers toward self sufficiency The organisation spends its efforts teaching small scale farmers how to collect nurse and plant their own seedlings and from time to time they will even supply farmers with the seedlings themselves After GREENERY s team helps farmers determine a suitable plot for the cultivation of jatropha GREENERY aids the community in identifying productive uses of renewable energy and in the development of energy services This process involves the installation demonstration and promotion of renewable energy assistance to local technical labour for maintenance and future installation and assistance to the target population in developing income generating uses of the energy Thanks in large part to the work carried out by GREENERY jatropha is quickly gaining recognition in Cameroon as an attractive energy alternative and business prospect A delicate part of GREENERY s task in Cameroon however has been to stoke interest in jatropha without allowing expectations to flare to an unrealistic level It is important for small scale farmers to realize that jatropha will not make them rich overnight GREENERY does not want widespread disenchantment with the promise of jatropha if the early market does not meet farmer s expectations Because the jatropha market is still in its infancy farmers are not advised to surrender their routine cash crop cultivation in favour of jatropha Rather it is suggested that jatropha should be integrated into their existing crop portfolio to serve as an extra income generating crop To broaden the potential of jatropha in Cameroon construction of a few biogas digesters will start before the end of 2009 GREENERY will embark on the promotion of biogas from Jatropha seed cake and animal manure This will expand the energy producing potential of jatropha and broaden the market for its oil Palm oil another proven biofuel happens to be grown widely around Cameroon and is consumed by many as food With its established market and widespread cultivation palm oil seems to have a compelling case to be promoted as Cameroon s biofuel of the future Some may wonder why GREENERY has

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  • Bio-ethanol: the case for sugar cane | GVEP International
    plan helped Brazil save millions of dollars in crude imports by adding anhydrous ethanol to its gasoline pool It was also the first time in the nineteenth century that sugar outranked coffee as the nation s most profitable commodity export Since flex fuel vehicles came onto the market in 2003 sales have increased substantially The preference of Brazilians for cars that are able to run on biofuel is beyond negation 2 354 524 flex fuel cars were sold in 2008 representing roughly about 87 of car sales In recent years the growing concern over emission of pollutants from coal and gas has led many international entities to strike up collaborations with Brazil to help them to modernize their energy base Zeus Global Development ZGD is a strategic advisory firm specializing in international development located in Sao Paulo Brazil We contribute to national policy discussions by disseminating accurate information on new biofuel technologies a subject often marred by inaccuracy Many high level discussions occur without proper clarification of the evolving methods in which biofuel energy can be produced Zeus Global Development would like to illustrate the importance of thorough technological understanding by comparing the biofuel production methods of two of the world s largest producers the United States and Brazil In Brazil ethanol is produced from sugar cane and due to the development of many technologies over the past 30 years the production of biofuel has become a renewable environmentally friendly source Sugarcane ethanol use in lieu of gasoline has saved 600 million tons of GHG emissions in Brazil over the past thirty years By contrast the United States derive their ethanol from corn through a grossly inefficient process it requires more energy to grow and convert the corn into ethanol than is produced as the end product As the energy

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  • Jatropha is not always smooth running | GVEP International
    own maize and the maize of local farmers Previously they depended on diesel to power their mill Not only is diesel expensive but it is a fifteen kilometer trek to the nearest diesel distributor Now the women s club mill runs on a dual fuel engine and as their costs have fallen their profits have risen considerably Other engine owners in the community have expressed interest in converting their engines to dual fuel because of the success of the women s club mill Local farmers have also been pleased with the returns on their jatropha crop Farmers have benefited from the sale of jatropha from a fall in the price charged for grinding their maize thanks to the cheaper jatropha oil fuel which powers the engines and from jatropha s effectiveness as organic manure in the fields Many have also turned jatropha oil into soap and candles and freed up further income previously spent on these commodities The advantages of the project are considerable but it has not been without its challenges One major drawback to using jatropha oil in high speed engines is that after more than 800 hours of running time a gum begins to develop on the piston rings of the engine and excess carbon deposits start to accumulate at the tip of the injectors These side effects which are attributed to jatropha s high viscosity combine to reduce engine performance and a solution is still being searched for A lack of sufficient funding has also restricted the project Farmers have repeatedly requested basic hand tools to aid in the cultivation and harvest of jatropha but the scarcity of funds has prevented these requests from being met Furthermore farmers complain that the oil press installed by DAPP only effectively services farmers who live within a five kilometer

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  • Riches from Scrap in Uganda | GVEP International
    free for nothing people are happy for him to take their waste away A cup full of the resulting sludge is poured into a metal cylinder into which a wooden piston is inserted A simple wooden press is then used to depress the piston expelling the water and compacting the solid material The resulting ring shaped briquettes are then put out in the sun to dry The hole in the middle aids drying and also ensures the briquettes burn well Currently the workshop produces 700 briquettes a day each one made individually Sam aims to raise production to 1000 a day All of the equipment he fabricated himself and labour is cheap The main expense is the cost of transport for collecting the raw materials Sawdust is in ready supply from his own workshop but briquettes made with saw dust tend to smoke so Sam favours rice husks and charcoal dust which is left behind by roadside charcoal sellers Four briquettes sell at 500 Ugandan Shillings US 20 cents and are considerably cheaper than wood or charcoal But persuading people to adopt a new product takes time and effort Sam s marketing method is to give away samples asking only for feedback in return In such a way he is rapidly gaining customers He has one major client who owns a poultry farm and needs heat to incubate chicks Before briquettes this farmer used charcoal but has discovered that briquettes work just as well and are much cheaper Sam s neighbours are regular customers and he hopes soon to supply the local school To cast the net wider Sam would like to employ women charcoal sellers to distribute the briquettes Through his DEEP training Sam became more aware of the potential of working together with women Sam is full of

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  • Modern stove technology inspires local business | GVEP International
    s Coastal Rural Support Project Kenya CRSPK one of the implementing partners of DEEP EA travelled to Nairobi to attend a training course run by the Appropriate Rural Technology Institute of India ARTI Of the various technologies presented Patrick was particularly taken with a stove which burns with restricted oxygen making it highly efficient and producing charcoal as a by product He made a note of the dimensions bought manuals made drawings and then worked with a local artisan and entrepreneur Sam Njagi back in Mariakani town to fabricate a stove See picture They tested it and it worked perfectly paving the way for a business for Sam The stoves are portable and metallic They are fed with dry woody twigs wood shavings or wood chips which are laid in the fuel chamber and lit from above One full charge of fuel keeps the stove in operation for roughly one hour at the end of which you have clean cooked food and a deposit of charcoal in the fuel holder Local women were very impressed by demonstrations of the stoves especially as they can boil 3 litres of water in just ten minutes using only half the wood that would

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  • Collaboration with Ennovent to boost energy entreprises in India | GVEP International
    and reports Technology factsheets Training material Resources Collaboration with Ennovent to boost energy entreprises in India Posted by Laure Ego 15 Jun 2009 GVEP International has entered into an MoU with Ennovent GmbH to collaborate on a fund established by Ennovent to invest in sustainable energy enterprises in rural India that have a clear pro poor and environmental focus Under this agreement GVEP International will assist Ennovent through the entire process which includes establishing the criteria for investment developing the pipeline of projects carrying out the due diligence process providing business advisory services to the companies invested in and undertaking the monitoring and evaluation process GVEP International in partnership with Ennovent will also establish an incubation window to help develop potential ideas entrepreneurs to investment ready projects While the immediate target under this collaboration is to identify and invest in at least 4 sustainable energy enterprises by the end of 2009 GVEP International is looking to establish a long term relationship with Ennovent which will lead to potential support to a larger basket of energy enterprises across the world Please click here to visit the Ennovent website Share this page Interested in our work See our programmes in Africa Why

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