Senegal: Researchers Help Draft Biofuel Law
by Theodore Kouadio (AllAfrica.com) Senegal’s government has called on the expertise of the country’s researchers in drafting a new national law to regulate the production and environmental impact of biofuels.
The law was developed in collaboration with scientists from the country’s Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), who had recommended that the government introduce new legislation to govern the supervision of jatropha-based biofuel production and to improve the industry’s environmental standards.
Jatropha cultivation is an integral part of government policy to achieve biodiesel self-sufficiency and to boost jobs and reduce poverty. But concerns have emerged among scientists in recent years over the environmental impact of the crop, especially when planted as a monoculture, and its potential to affect food security. READ MORE