By Peter Panayotou
Though oil exports from a half dozen nations in Africa lead the world and fuel vehicles on every continent, Africa is one of the most “fuel poor” regions on earth. Crowd funding site link.
Small scale development most often depends on transportation and the shortage of diesel fuel is now one of the big three, along with unreliable or non-existent power grids and plentiful clean water.
Typically, biodiesel production negatively impacts the availability of food. If you turn food into fuel, the only use fuel will have is to transport starving refugees or cart away the bodies of the starving masses.
This is how solutions for Africa have worked for too long, solutions long on profit, long on imagination and very short on human development and values.
The key is this; producing biomass that can be converted to biodiesel efficiently and doing so without impacting crop production. This problem was solved by an innovative and ecologically rational balance, biomass for fuel and animal feed.
For those who watch the video, this is a “crowd funding” project. Investors can never be reimbursed unless they are within the regions that benefit, something very unlikely.
To comply with rules and add an aspect of fairness, we have built a model based on generally usable consumer goods, like they do on public television. We will address questions in the comment section: