Local impacts of biofuel crop production and factors influencing ethanol stove adoption in southern Africa

Gasparatos, Alexandros and Romeu-Dalmau, Carla and von Maltitz, Graham and Johnson, Francis and Jumbe, Charles and Ochieng, Caroline and Mudombi, Shakespear and Willis, Katherine (2018). Local impacts of biofuel crop production and factors influencing ethanol stove adoption in southern Africa. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-853084

The aim of this interdisciplinary project is to provide clear empirical evidence on whether, and how, biofuel production and use can improve human wellbeing and become an agent of poverty alleviation in African least developed countries (LDCs). Understanding the environmental impact of biofuel production is a pre-requisite for understanding the true human wellbeing and poverty alleviation effects of biofuel expansion in Africa. In order to answer these questions we conducted five case studies in Malawi, Mozambique and Swaziland. Between them these case studies reflect the main modes of biofuel production and use encountered across southern Africa. The comparative analysis of their performance provides important insights for the poverty alleviation potential of these diverse biofuel strategies in Africa least developed countries.

Data description (abstract)

The datasets contain information about the local impacts of biofuel feedstock production and the factors influencing the adoption and/or sustained use of biofuel stoves in southern Africa. To elicit the impacts of feedstock production we undertook extensive household surveys around four operational jatropha and sugarcane production sites in Malawi, Mozambique, and Swaziland. The selected sites reflect the most prominent feedstocks (i.e. jatropha, sugarcane) and modes of existing or intended biofuel feedstock production in Africa. We focused on impacts related to rural livelihoods, ecosystem services, food security and poverty alleviation. To capture the factors that influence the adoption and sustained use of biofuel stoves we focused on the sole large-scale ethanol stove dissemination programme in Africa, in Maputo city.

Creator NameEmailAffiliationORCID (as URL)
Gasparatos, Alexandrosgasparatos@ir3s.u-tokyo.ac.jpUniversity of Tokyohttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9323-1366
Romeu-Dalmau, CarlaUnspecifiedUniversity of OxfordUnspecified
von Maltitz, GrahamUnspecifiedCouncil for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)Unspecified
Johnson, FrancisUnspecifiedStockholm Environment Institute (SEI)Unspecified
Jumbe, CharlesUnspecifiedLilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural ResourcesUnspecified
Ochieng, CarolineUnspecifiedStockholm Environment Institute (SEI)Unspecified
Mudombi, ShakespearUnspecifiedCouncil for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)Unspecified
Willis, KatherineUnspecifiedUniversity of OxfordUnspecified
NameEmailAffiliationORCID (as URL)
Luhanga, DaviesUnspecifiedLilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural ResourcesUnspecified
Lopes, PauloUnspecifiedCouncil for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)Unspecified
Nyambane, AnneUnspecifiedStockholm Environment Institute (SEI)Unspecified
Research funders: Natural Environment Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, Department for International Development
Grant reference: NE/L001373/1
Topic classification: Nataural environment
Keywords: biofuels, Africa, jatropha, sugarcane, ecosystem services, poverty
Project title: Unraveling biofuel impacts on ecosystem services, human wellbeing and poverty alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa
Grant holders: Katherine Willis (PI), Alexandros Gasparatos (co-I), Graham von Maltitz (co-I), Francis Johnson (co-I), Charles Jumbe (co-I)
Project dates:
1 October 201331 July 2016
Date published: 23 May 2018 13:41
Last modified: 27 Jun 2018 14:37

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