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The prospects of developing Biofuels in Mali

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  • Dorothée Boccanfuso

    () (Département d'économique and GRÉDI, Université de Sherbrooke)

  • Massa Coulibaly

    () (GREAT - Groupe de recherche en économie appliquée et théorique)

  • Govinda R. Timilsina

    () (The World Bank)

  • Luc Savard

    () (Département d'économique and GRÉDI, Université de Sherbrooke)

Abstract

A biofuels race has emerged because of the increasing cost of oil. In parallel, a growing concern for environmental protection has been observed. The expansion of biofuel production has occurs concurrently with raising prices of the foodstuffs. Developing countries like Mali have seen this situation as an opportunity to reduce its dependency on oil imports and generate gains from biofuel production. This development strategy could put pressure on food security in the country. The government of Mali has developed a strategy to promote biofuels production particularly with jatropha. The economic and environmental stakes around this strategy are far from being negligible. In this paper, we provide an analysis of this sector with opportunities and risk of developing this sector.

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  • Dorothée Boccanfuso & Massa Coulibaly & Govinda R. Timilsina & Luc Savard, 2012. "The prospects of developing Biofuels in Mali," Cahiers de recherche 12-03, Departement d'Economique de l'École de gestion à l'Université de Sherbrooke.
  • Handle: RePEc:shr:wpaper:12-03
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    Keywords

    Biofuels; agriculture;

    JEL classification:

    • D58 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Computable and Other Applied General Equilibrium Models
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade

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