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Prospects for sustainable biofuel production in developing countries: A Case study of Kenya, East Africa - PROBIOFUEL

Project Summary

The aim of the project is to promote a sustainable production of biofuels while ensuring food security. The general project objective is to evaluate the potential of integrating biofuel raw material production in smallholder farms, adapted technology and their implications on energy access, ecological sustainability, food security, economic and social wellbeing in Kenya. Following a bottom up approach, priority is set on smallholder farmers but also on community and region.
The entire research project will be divided into four research areas:

  • Cropping systems with biofuels (Jatropha, Castor oil and Croton), ecology and biodiversity
  • Socioeconomy, food and feed security, social acceptance, market demand of biofuels
  • Technology and economy of biofuel production
  • Stakeholder linkages, policy integration and dissemination of biofuel approaches

Research Coordinator

Univ. Prof. Dr. Bernhard Freyer
University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU)
Dep. of Sustainable Land Use Systems
Institute of Organic Farming
Gregor Mendelstr. 33
A-1180 Vienna

Tel: +43-1-47654 3750
Fax: +43-1-47564 3792
Website : http://www.nas.boku.ac.at/oekoland.html


36 months