Helping the poor help the rich (and themselves)

Helping the poor help the rich (and themselves) has got to be one of the better things to be doing in life. Now this rugged philanthropy has entered the world of biofuels.

Over On Biopact, they’re writing about the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics‘ plan to help farmers in those regions, mostly in Africa and Asia to produce biofuels, which could be used locally or exported. (Tariff walls permitting)

ICRISAT’s research on ethanol for biofuel from sweet sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench)  and biodiesel from pongamia and jatropha crops, is not only ensuring energy, livelihood and food security to the dryland farmers, but also reducing the use of fossil fuel, which in turn can help in mitigating climate change. These crops meet the main needs of the dryland farmers – they do not require much water, can withstand environmental stress and are not that expensive to cultivate.

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