Expansion of feedstock production for biofuels
Many Central American governments have declared biofuel production to be in their country’s national interest and have set aside land to grow sugarcane, African palm, jatropha, cassava, and other crops as biofuel feedstocks. However, land availability and suitability varies by region, and critics worry that feedstock expansion will encroach on communities, forests, and agricultural land.
Considering the importance of protecting forests, biodiversity, and food security, what are the most sustainable and promising biofuel feedstocks in Central America?
The Project Team
Energy & Climate Director
Central America Fellow
Senior Project Advisor
INCAE Research Fellow
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In this project, the Worldwatch Institute is collaborating with the INCAE Business School’s Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) as a regional implementation partner. As INCAE’s principal research organization and ‘impact center’, CLACDS serves as an action-based think tank for the region’s governments, international organizations, private sector and civil society.