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The Impact of Biofuels Production on food security

January 22, 2009

A multifeedstock approach is crucial for sustainable biofuel production in South Africa. In respect of ethanol production, biofuel producers should be allowed to draw on a range of starch-based crops including maize. A multifeedstock approach will enable producers to select crops best suited to the agro-climate of the regions where their plants are situated and to minimise logistic costs by sourcing crops grown closest to their plants. In recent months, plans to use maize to produce ethanol have raised concerns that this could jeopardise food security in South Africa. This paper therefore concentrates on impact on food security when maize is used to produce ethanol.

The Impact of Biofuels Production on food security (PDF, 241KB)

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