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The promises and challenges of biofuels for the poor in developing countries: IFPRI 2005-2006 Annual Report Essay

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  • von Braun, Joachim
  • Pachauri, R. K.

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"In the past several years the changing world energy situation has generated intensive discussion about biofuels, much of it promising a source of environment-friendly energy that would also be a boon to the world's farmers. At the same time skeptics argue that biofuel production will threaten food supplies for the poor and fail to achieve the environmental benefits claimed. Based on the analyses below, we conclude that in order to make a difference in the lives of poor people as both energy producers and consumers, and to make strong environmental and economic contributions, biofuel technology needs further advancement, and investments and policies facilitating agricultural innovation and trade will have to be considered." from Text

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Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series Annual report essays with number 2006Essay.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Keywords: Biofuels; Poor Developing countries; Small farmers;

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  1. Grundmann, Philipp & Ehlers, Melf-Hinrich & Uckert, Gotz, 2011. "Responses Of Agricultural Bioenergy Production In Brandenburg (Germany) To Ecological, Economic And Legal Changes: An Application Of Holling'S Adaptive Cycle," 51st Annual Conference, Halle, Germany, September 28-30, 2011, German Association of Agricultural Economists (GEWISOLA) 114726, German Association of Agricultural Economists (GEWISOLA).
  2. Bandyopadhyay, Subhayu & Bhaumik, Sumon K. & Wall, Howard J., 2009. "Biofuel Subsidies: An Open-Economy Analysis," IZA Discussion Papers 4584, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Andrade de Sa, Saraly & Palmer, Charles & Engel, Stefanie, 2010. "Ethanol Production, Food and Forests," Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Hannover 2010 21, Verein für Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics.
  4. von Braun, Joachim, 2007. "When Food Makes Fuel: The Promises and Challenges of Biofuels," Conference Proceedings 2007, Crawford Fund 124488, Crawford Fund.
  5. Jumbe, Charles B.L. & Msiska, Frederick B.M. & Madjera, Michael, 2009. "Biofuels development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Are the policies conducive?," Energy Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 37(11), pages 4980-4986, November.
  6. M. Bruna Zolin & Bernadette Andreosso O’Callaghan, 2010. "Long-term cereal price changes: how important is the speculative element," Working Papers 2010_23, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".
  7. Bernadette Andreosso-O’Callaghan & M. Zolin, 2010. "Long-term Cereal Price Changes: How Important is the Speculative Element?," Transition Studies Review, Springer, Springer, vol. 17(4), pages 624-637, December.

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