Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/163053
Authors: 
von Maltitz, Graham
van der Merwe, Marna
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2017/85
Abstract: 
The Southern African region, from a purely biophysical perspective, has huge potential for biofuel production, especially in Mozambique and Zambia. Although many of the soils are sandy and acidic, with careful management and correct fertilization, they should be highly productive. We suggest that sugarcane is the crop most easily mobilized for biofuel. A number of other crops, such as sweet sorghum, cassava, and tropical sugar beet, have good potential but will need further agronomic and processing technology investigations.
Subjects: 
biofuel
Southern Africa
production potential
crop yields
sugarcane
cassava
JEL: 
Q40
Q42
Q16
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-309-7
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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