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"Case study: Impact of biofuels on growth in sub-Saharan Africa"

"Due to its climate, sub-Saharan
Africa shows long-term potential
for biofuels production. It has
many countries with a tropical climate, vast arable land, a large workforce and a strategic location relatively close to the fuel-hungry European markets. There is also a plethora of socioeconomic issues—including HIV, extreme poverty,
rising inflation, lack of infrastructure and rampant unemployment—that these developing countries must address in order to improve the lives of the majority of their citizens and compete favorably in the global market.
Can the potential of biofuel production in this region be sustainably unlocked and help alleviate some of these socioeconomic issues?"

This is the beginning of page 26 of a study done by the "Accenture" - the full report can be read here:

It states (finally!) exactly the same thing that the Industries for Africa Foundation is talking about and working for - but: they are only reporting about the situation, not doing anything about it!
I would like to invite you to read the report and discuss the issue further.

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Hi Andrea ......... This is Greg O'Neill, I totally agree with you that many african nations have the potential to become centers for biofuel production. I recently heard from my friend, Steve Finch, a biofuels system designer, who has designed
a towable, trailer mounted, biofuels platform, which uses a proprietary enzyme/membrane system to break down leaves of palms, bananas, bamboos, grasses of all varieties, wood chips, waste fruit, and other cellulosic feedstocks, to produce 128,000 litres per year of ethanol, butanol, and biodiesel, from the same piece of equipment. At present it costs $300K to build a unit, but we have plans to build assembly plants to greatly reduce the price per unit, once we secure funding for this purpose. --- His system is very eco-friendly, and does not cause pollutants to contaminate the air, groundwater, or soil, and produces biodegradeable biofuels. Butanol alone replaces gasoline without engine modification needed. ---- has a biomass butanol system, but it has much less production capacity than Steve's system, nor is it able to produce the two other biofuels, ethanol and biodiesel. --- Being able to harness sustainable plant species for biomass and biofuels production, that would go far towards improving struggling economies in many nations. --- All it takes is the visionary investors, and governments, to support such a global effort. IF anyone reading my words knows any sources we can take this potential to, please feel free to write me soon.


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