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Type Journal Article - Development Southern Africa
Title Constraints to biofuel feedstock production expansion in Zambia
Author(s)
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2017
URL http://econpapers.repec.org/RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp2017-62
Abstract
World biofuel production has been increasing to improve energy security and mitigate
global warming. Southern Africa’s bioenergy demand could increase with South Africa’s planned
fuel blending mandates, triggering increased demand for feedstocks and agricultural land. Ensuring
sustained production will require a full understanding of the constraints to production expansion,
considering the tradeoffs that may be generated in rural areas, as has been observed for large-scale
land acquisitions. We analyse the social and biophysical constraints to biofuel production
expansion in Zambia. Previously social constraints have received limited attention even though
they may prove more problematic. Results indicate that Zambia is at least moderately suitable for
bioenergy investments with biophysically suitable areas largely coinciding with the socially suitable
areas. However, existing gaps in compensatory procedures may inhibit large-scale projects’ access
to development finance if not aligned with internationally acceptable practices, and generate
negative outcomes if safeguards are not in place.

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