Is Biofuel a Solution for Burkina Faso?
In West Africa, energy shortages and the rise of the oil prices have driven some countries to turn to biofuel in order to meet their growing need for energy.
With Europe and the US announcing renewable fuel targets that exceed their production capacity, developing countries have intensified agrofuel crops destined for export.
Senegal now cultivates sugarcane for ethanol, and since 2008 farmers in Burkina Faso have been encouraged to plant Jatropha. The idea is to make Jatropha oil that can serve as natural fuel. That oil can also be turned into biodiesel.
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