The consensus is that bioenergy production in Africa could not only provide a sustainable modern alternative to traditional sources of energy such as firewood, but could also strengthen food security, combat deforestation and reduce health risks for local communities.
This is the opinion of biofuels expert and microbiologist, Prof Emile van Zyl, after a two-day workshop organised by Stellenbosch University (SU) under the auspices of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency.
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