Knowledge for Development

ACP’s response to fossil fuel dependence (ACP Policy brief)

Author: Jan Cloin et al

Co-Author: Judith A Francis (ed)

Date: 07/03/2008


ACP countries with their biomass resource potential are well positioned to effectively use biofuels for partially meeting their energy needs. The continued increase in the cost of fossil fuels - a finite resource, coupled with the cut in world market prices for sugar and other traditional export commodities have forced many ACP countries to seek innovative ways of meeting energy demands and diversifying agricultural production. This policy brief outlines various opportunities for using local biomass resources to reduce dependence of ACP countries on fossil fuels and to improve the competitiveness of traditional and non-traditional agricultural-based industries.


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March 2008
CTA, Wageningen