Can jatropha improve the energy supply of rural households in Africa?

Ehrensperger, Albrecht; Wörgetter, Manfred; Moraa, Violet; Sonnleitner, Andrea (2013). Can jatropha improve the energy supply of rural households in Africa? Jatropha Facts Series Bern: ERA-ARD

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There is still discussion regarding whether liquid biofuels can contribute to rural energy security in the global South. We argue that transitioning to a village energy supply based on jatropha hedges around smallholder plots is possible, but requires collective effort for the acquisition and maintenance of processing equipment and for the running of village generators. The use of jatropha oil for lighting in rural households is affordable and technically possible, but not ideal if more efficient electric solutions exist. Cooking with jatropha oil or press cake is also possible, but quantities produced in hedges can only substitute a small part of the firewood used by rural households.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > NCCR North-South Management Centre (discontinued)
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Ehrensperger, Albrecht

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

Publisher:

ERA-ARD

Projects:

[418] Bioenergy in Africa Official URL

Language:

English

Submitter:

Users 124 not found.

Date Deposited:

08 Aug 2014 09:07

Last Modified:

31 Aug 2015 16:38

Additional Information:

Editor: Robert Blasiak

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.46595

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/46595

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