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Solution for Bioenergy and Land Use in Developing Countries

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Food security and promoting modern uses of biomass as a source of energy are two key goals in developing countries. Are these conflicting interests impossible to reconcile or two ends of a common st ...

Food security and promoting modern uses of biomass as a source of energy are two key goals in developing countries. Are these conflicting interests impossible to reconcile or two ends of a common strategy?

Biomass is the most important source of energy in many developing countries, most notably in sub-Saharan Africa.

Modernize traditional biomass use by using biogenic waste and residues in decentralized biogas and electricity production and by investing in more efficient biomass-burning devices.

There is still considerable inefficiency and potential in the traditional use of biomass. Using biogenic waste and residues in decentralized biogas and electricity production would improve energy services in developing economies and would be instrumental in fostering and developing regional village communities. The same is true for more efficient biomass-burning devices, such as improved stoves.

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