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New Research: Forcing Local Peoples off Their Lands Drives Almost Two-Thirds of Conflicts Between Companies and Local Communities in Africa
February 17, 2017 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(RightsAndResources.org)  Experts at Dakar event point to a significant cause of investment losses, work stoppages and violence across Africa: the failure of governments and companies to respect the land rights of indigenous and local communities

Sixty-three …

Ghana’s First Ethanol Producer Diversifying and Seeking More Cassava
January 20, 2017 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Ghana, the country’s only ethanol producer—Caltech—has produced 150,000 liters of ethanol from cassava since starting up the 3 million liter per year facility in August. The company is also expanding …

Community Heroes Awards DEADLINE: February 1, 2017
January 2, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

(Awake Africa)  The Community Heroes Awards is an initiative of African Centre for Peace Building and Awake Africa Magazine which seeks to identify, celebrate and honor individuals and organizations who have committed themselves to promote …

Mayors of Paris, Madrid, Athens & Mexico City Stumble; African Nations Get It Right on Policies for Cleaner Air with Cleaner Diesel Fuel & Technology
December 7, 2016 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Last week, the mayors of four cities – Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens – announced they had pledged to remove diesel vehicles from their cities by 2025.  Last week, five African countries …

Jatropha Oil: Ghana’s Next Potential Source of Biofuel
November 28, 2016 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Theophilus Kumah* (Advanced Biofuels USA) With the issue of biofuels and renewable energy making waves all over the globe, it is therefore not surprising when Africa (particularly Ghana) is not left out on investing …

Accepting Applications for 2017 Borlaug Global Research Alliance Fellowships
October 21, 2016 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2017 Borlaug Global Research Alliance Fellowships. Fellows will work with a mentor at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service or a U.S. …

The Huge Unexploited Potential of Generating Biofuels from a Food Processing Residue, Palm Kernel Oil (PKO), with Ghana in Perspective
July 20, 2016 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

By Theophilus Kumah* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Energy is a great determinant in ensuring the growth of the economy of every country. Ghana, as a country, has faced some instability in the supply of energy for …

Komenda Sugar Factory Will Create 7,000 Jobs – Mahama Resurrects Nkrumah’s Dream
June 22, 2016 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

(MyJoyOnline)  President John Mahama has inaugurated the revamped Komenda sugar factory in the Central region, predicting that the manufacturing plant will create over 7,000 direct and indirect jobs.

At a colorful ceremony on the site of …

Green Energy & Biofuels Gets Acumen $800,000 Investment for Clean Cooking Solutions
April 29, 2016 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(Development Diaries)  Acumen, the nonprofit social venture fund, announces its new investment in Green Energy & BioFuels (GEB), a Nigerian company creating cleaner, more cost-effective cooking solutions for West Africa’s low-income households. In Nigeria, more …

Ghana’s First Ethanol Plant to Begin Production
February 2, 2016 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

(GhanaWeb)  Caltech Ventures, a cassava cropping and processing company at Hodzo, in the Ho Municipality, is to begin the production of cassava-derived ethanol by March this year, the first in Ghana.

Ghana currently imports 60 million …

Green Energy & Biofuels Top as Finalist at Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards 2016
January 25, 2016 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(Green Energy Biofuels)  The World Future Energy Summit that began in Abu Dhabi with a call for the world to turn the words of the COP21 Paris Agreement into tangible action – perfectly showcased the …

Global Markets and Technologies for Biofuel Enzymes
November 18, 2015 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(PR Newswire/BCC Research)  This BCC Research report explores present and future strategies within the biofuel enzymes market, which includes amylase, cellulose, xylanase, lipase and other enzymes such as protease, lysomax, FermaSure, etc. Forecasts provided through …

Hyacinths and Sawdust Used to Combat Africa’s Cooking Pollution
November 17, 2015 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg/The Washington Post)  A brew made from sawdust and water hyacinth flowers may help reduce the millions of lives lost across the developing world from the fumes of ramshackle cooking equipment.
Those are the …

Suspected Biodiesel Fraud Scheme on 3 Continents Puts Man before Portland Jury
September 29, 2015 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Denson (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)  Jack Holden is either a big-dreaming businessman whose failure to cash in on the biodiesel wave separated investors from more than $1 million, or he’s a skilled con man …

Seaweed Farming: An Alternative Livelihood for Coastal Communities
September 10, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Dr Gloria Naa Dzama Addico & Mr Kweku Amoako Atta deGraft-Johnson (Graphic Online)  When one economic activity is on the decline, there is always the natural urge to look for alternatives. That is the situation …

Uncertainty in RFS Sends the US Ethanol Industry to Overseas Markets: A Report from the National Ethanol Conference, “Going Global”
February 26, 2015 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Lais F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Last week, from February 17 to 21, the 20th National Ethanol Conference “Going Global” was held in Grapevine, Texas, with the participation of several representatives of the ethanol …

The 41 Weirdest Things Ever Used to Make Biofuels
December 31, 2014 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bunnies, liposuction fat, Prince Charles’ leftover wine, day-old whale, the human poo bus, fire ants dipped in hexane, old beer, raging fireballs, vibrating blobs, dope, and even the New Orleans …

Statoil Employed Judge in Own Legal Dispute
July 3, 2014 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Erlend Skarsaune (Aftenbladet.no)  The Biofuel entrepreneurs sued Statoil to clear their names of allegations of corruption. The judge in charge was offered a job by Statoil, accepted, and continued working with the case.

The aggrieved parties …

Bio-Fuel Production Threatens Ghana’s Agriculture – Director
October 21, 2013 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

(Ghana Business News)  Mr Cyril T. Quist, Brong Ahafo Regional Director of  Agriculture,  has said mining and biofuel  production in the country posed a threat to agriculture. He said efforts at promoting sustainable food systems …

Agreement Set to Boost Jatropha Growth in Ghana
August 29, 2013 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Ghana-based Smart Oil, active in the production of renewable energy from jatropha curcas and subsidiary of Italian company Smart Oil 2, has signed a license and services agreement with Quinvita, a developer of …

Turning Agriculture into Oil, Bio Oil, That Is
July 23, 2013 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service) The process dates to ancient Egypt. Now, it’s being studied here by the USDA as a way to fuel farms.  Pour a few handfuls of chopped- up corn stalks …

Pilot Facility Launched in Ghana to Transform Human Waste into Renewable Biodiesel Fuel
November 20, 2012 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(EurekAlert!)  To celebrate World Toilet Day on November 19, researchers at Columbia University’s Engineering School, working in Ghana with Waste Enterprisers Ltd., the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and the Kumasi Metropolitan …

3rd Commercial Farm Africa March 19-20, 2013 Accra, Ghana
November 2, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment
3rd Commercial Farm Africa  March 19-20, 2013    Accra, Ghana

“Into Africa- Building Local Markets, Improving Farm Productivity & Increasing ROI”

” Key highlights

Climate change and the impact on global agriculture market
Investment opportunities & land utilization in Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Liberia …

Biomass West & Central Africa Congress October 4-5, 2012 Accra, Ghana
July 24, 2012 – 12:26 pm | No Comment
Biomass West & Central Africa Congress    October 4-5, 2012    Accra, Ghana

Following the success of the 1st Biomass West & Central Africa Congress last year, the 2nd Congress is returning to Accra from 4 to 5 October 2012. More than 25 countries gathered in Accra last …

Yecch, Ptooey! The 13 Oddest and Strangest Biofuels Feedstocks
June 4, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Most of the stories we write at the Digest on the subject of biofuels feedstocks fall into the well-established realms of normal. But every once in  a while, a feedstock …

Human Waste-to-Biodiesel Plant to Create Sanitation Revolution in Ghana
May 30, 2012 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(JoyOnline)  Human waste could soon be a precious commodity in Kumasi and other parts of the country with an ongoing solution to transform fecal sludge treatment into a profit-making venture.

Waste Enterprisers Limited, a sanitation and …

U.S. Will Lead New Effort to Cut Global Warming from Methane, Soot
February 20, 2012 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Brian Vastag (The Washington Post)  With global efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions stalled, the United States and five other countries are starting a new program to cut other pollutants — including methane, soot …

Palm Oil Africa September 5-6, 2012 Accra, Ghana
February 16, 2012 – 1:53 pm | No Comment
Palm Oil Africa  September 5-6, 2012    Accra, Ghana

“Reviving the Palm Oil Industry in Africa – Challenges & Opportunities”

Key Highlights

Financing & Investment Prospects
Land regulations, labour laws, logistics & infrastructure support
Applying large-scale cultivation expertise from Asia & opportunities for downstream processing
R & D on improved planting …

VIASPACE Executive Highlights Giant King Grass Advancement & Commercial Opportunities in Africa to Generate Electricity, Manufacture Energy Pellets and Produce Bio-Fuels
December 12, 2011 – 7:33 am | No Comment

(Reuters/VIASPACE)  VIASPACE Executive Highlights Giant King Grass Advancement & Commercial Opportunities in Africa to Generate Electricity, Manufacture Energy Pellets and Produce Bio-Fuels:  Presents at the Biomass West & Central Africa Congress in Ghana

VIASPACE, Inc., a clean …

Implications of Biodiesel-Induced Land-Use Changes for CO2 Emissions: Case Studies in Tropical America, Africa, and Southeast Asia
December 7, 2011 – 9:56 am | No Comment

by Achten, W. M. J., and L. V. Verchot (Ecology and Society)  Biofuels are receiving growing negative attention. Direct and/or indirect land-use changes that result from their cultivation can cause emissions due to carbon losses in …

Smallholder Farmers Risk Being Forgotten in Sustainable Biofuels Race
November 17, 2011 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Maya Thatcher (Center for International Forestry Research)  Smallholder farmers in developing countries risk being left behind in the push to produce sustainable biofuels, deterred by complex and expensive certification schemes, according to a recent …

China Completes First Biofuel Jet Test Flight
November 2, 2011 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by John C.K. Daly (http://oilprice.com)   On 28 October Air China conducted its first trial flight of a passenger jet powered by a mix of biofuel and traditional aviation fuel.

The Jet A-1 biofuel kerosene used in …

Prof. Chandran Wins Gates Foundation Award
June 7, 2011 – 7:47 am | No Comment

(Columbia University)  Kartik Chandran, an associate professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia Engineering, has been awarded $1.5 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for his project to develop a revolutionary new model in …

Global Food Crisis, Biofuels and Land Grabs in Ghana
April 29, 2011 – 8:42 am | No Comment

by Bright Owusu  (Ghana mma)  The time has never been riper for the people of Ghana to speak out about the terrible negligence of consecutive governments who have allowed horrendous land grabs by foreign nationals …

Systematic Use of Fertilizers Can Save Forests, Fight Climate Change
March 28, 2011 – 8:13 am | No Comment

(IITA)  As the world grapples with the challenge of feeding an ever growing population in the face of dwindling natural resources confounded by climate change, findings from a recent research by IITA show that science-based …

Planet Forward on TV. An Earth Day Special. Coming April 8, 2011.
March 11, 2011 – 6:03 pm | No Comment
Planet Forward on TV.  An Earth Day Special. Coming April 8, 2011.

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA) The Center for Innovative Media at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs project, Planet Forward, provides an Internet forum for experts and interested public to provide their …

India’s Firm Plans 25,000 Biofuel Jobs in Ghana – UNDP
February 26, 2011 – 9:14 am | No Comment

(GhanaWeb)  Abellon CleanEnergy Ltd., an Indian renewable energy company, plans to create 25,000 jobs in Ghana and build a factory to produce solid biofuels, the United Nations Development Program said.

Ahmedabad-based Abellon will grow crops that …

Jatropha – Green Biodiesel from African Tree
February 21, 2011 – 10:06 am | No Comment

by Bård Amundsen/Else Lie. Translation: Darren McKellep/Carol B. Eckmann(The Research Council of Norway)   Jatropha has been championed as a major environmental opportunity for developing countries with a semi-arid climate and marginal soil. Scientist Karl Hilding …

Global Consultations on Cassava as Bio-Fuel Open
October 20, 2010 – 8:12 am | No Comment

(Ghana News Agency)  Mr Kwesi Ahwoi, Minister of Food and Agriculture, on Monday noted that the commercial cultivation of cassava as an alternative source of bio-energy, would not compromise Ghana’s agricultural lands or threaten its …

VEPOWER Signs Agreement with Jatropha Africa for 50,000 Hectares
July 7, 2010 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(Environment-Expert.com)  VEPOWER Limited has entered into an exclusivity agreement with Jatropha Africa with the goal of financing the Company’s 50,000 hectare plantation in Ghana, West Africa.  VEPOWER will thus secure more than 40,000 tonnes of …

Towards Sustainable Biofuel Development: Assessing the Local Impacts of Large-Scale Foreign Land Acquisitions in Ghana
May 3, 2010 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

 

by George C. Schoneveld, Laura A. German, and Eric Nutakor  (World Bank)  This paper assesses the effectiveness of the Ghanaian legal and institutional framework in managing the trade-offs of large-scale land acquisition, particularly for biofuel …