Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/163073
Authors: 
von Maltitz, Graham
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2017/100
Abstract: 
Southern African countries' interest in biofuel is due of its rural development potential. Finding models to optimize this benefit is therefore paramount. High-energy-density crops with low perishability allow farmers to grow small quantities on existing lands. Highly perishable, low-density crops such as sugarcane require tight integration between growers and mills. Models where growers have full ownership in the feedstock production facilities are possible, but this normally means that smallholder farmers need to work as a unit to achieve benefits of scale. Finding market-based mechanisms to ensure sound and equitable returns for land and labour inputs is critical.
Subjects: 
biofuel
jatropha
sugarcane
rural development
ethanol
Southern Africa
JEL: 
Q11
Q13
Q42
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-324-0
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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