Biofuel


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Fueling forest for food

Debating biofuel as promising commodity has been months. Some scientits argued that biofuel is not eco-friendly as alternative fuel. Inline with this, recent news of BBC talks about doubt of leaders on biofuel development. The…


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Certified palm oil from smallholders

Smallholder is the important player in Indonesian palm oil business. They contributed significant raw materials for the palm oil processing owned by large scale companies. Low productivity, managing small lands and poor planting materials are…


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Affordable food

I agree with argument on the development of biofuel threatening Indonesia food security. It happen mainly through land conversion. In the next decades, biofuel crops will dominate agricultural land and decreasing forest land. Today I…


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Help rural poor with small scale bioenergy

There are ways of helping rural poor with energy-based projects, such energy efficient cooking stove to small scale bioenergy. A joint study of FAO and DFiD shows, when produced on a small-scale in local communities,…


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Financial crisis undermining biofuel market

What happen to smallholder biodiesel-material producers when major biodiesel consumers are bumping into financial crisis? This is likely a drastic situation after biofuel (both ethanol and biodiesel) market came up in highest demand last year….