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FAO’s case studies on small-scale bioenergy initiatives

The FAO has pdf on the impacts that small scale biofuels initiatives have had on the lives of participants in the developing world. It is downloadable as a PDF.  The report is interesting because it approaches the users and producers of biofuels as being market participants. 

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Bill Clinton’s ideas for agriculture

Bill Clinton, ex US president, was speaking at world food day recently. He said: “We should go back to a policy of maximum agriculturalself-sufficiency,” Clinton said. While there would always be a globalmarket for crops like rice, wheat and corn, he added, “it is crazy forus to think we can develop a lot of these […]

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Biofuels from timber, perhaps you should be in Vienna now

Oh the things you find out too late to do much about. That’s what comes of thinking strategically of other things. Anyway. It’s European Forest week at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome. NOW. The website says European Forest Week 2008 celebrates the contribution of European forests in mitigating climate change, providing wood […]

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FAO wants biofuel support examined and outlines world biofuel capacity

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation wants subsisidies, tariffs and tax-breaks for biofuels production examined and possibly reduced in a press release which marks the publication of its annual report The State of Food. That report makes a compelling case for the use of cellulosic routes to biofuels, and by implication for much greater […]

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Surely taking corn out of the market will raise the price

I’ve been in conversation with David Benson, about the roleof biofuels in the current round of food price rises across the world. We’vebeen chatting in the comments a couple of posts back . I don’t think that we aretoo far apart in our appreciation of the situation. For what it’s worth, I think there are […]

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Will biofuels marginalise women?

Will biofuels marginalise women in the developing world? The FAO thinks that it might. In a rather negative report it concludes that biofuels will be farmed on marginal land, which is currently used by women to farm subsistence crops, it also assumes that biofuels need high levels of highly expensive fertilisers and other scarce inputs. […]

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Biofuels and food

It will be interesting to see if this FAO “Summit on food security”, scheduled for 3 to 5 June 2008 at the FAO headquarters in Rome will get any further towards what to do about food supplies and fuel. Brazil’s president Lula will be going now. I wonder if he’ll be in the same room […]

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The end of the free for all…

Kevin Downing on the MaRS blog thinks that it is going to get harder to fund new ethanol plants. I think that he’s right, not only because the regulatory framework that biofuels plants will operate in is likely to change over the coming months and years, but also I think the economics of biofuel production […]

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UN FAO has more doubts about biofuels

Over on Greenbang, there’s an interesting comment on the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s latest thoughts on biofuels and the spike they are causing in agricultural commodity prices. http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hIipI7rsh-IaoutsJKgAmzG5Mh0gD8UBKQ6O1 Its worth reading the report on Regan Suzuki’s comments on the effects that biofuels could have in terms of the competition for agricultural land, water and […]

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How the harvest is looking

As the harvest is almost entirely in around the world. Its perhaps worth looking at how the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation sees this year’s harvest The good news for North American ethanol producers is that there was a bumper corn crop this year, the bad news is that demand is high and so are […]

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