Biofuels and Development - New working paper

An increasing number of countries have been supporting the extensive production and use of biofuels hoping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ensure energy security and help the rural poor. While the validity of such policy goals is largely shared, many critics doubt that biofuels are the solution and rather question the environmental, social and overall developmental impacts of biofuel expansion and related government support to the sector.

This paper critically reviews the arguments for and against biofuel production from a developing country perspective and puts forward recommendations for measures that developing countries can take in order to maximise the benefits of biofuels.

The author of the paper, Fantu Farris Mulleta, is Lecturer of Law at Addis Ababa University's School of Law and an Associated Researcher at the Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB).

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