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Biofuel: A Guide for the Confused

Preface

“Biofuels: A Guide for the Confused” is written primarily for field staff and decision-makers involved in biofuel development. It assumes no previous or specialist knowledge of biofuels in terms of their technical/engineering characteristics or biological/cultivation aspects of biofuel feedstocks.

Biofuel development is a wide area, encompassing natural resource planning, biological and chemical production processes, and macroeconomic policy analysis. This manual, while covering the broad spectrum of bioenergy in the definitions and introductions, focuses on liquid biofuel production from agricultural feedstocks in countries such as Tanzania and Ethiopia. While looking at a number of possible financing scenarios, this study also highlights the particularly sensitive situations where Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is the financial motor behind biofuel development.

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