Iternational Conference: Bioenergy for Sustainable Development in Africa -



Date and Time: 24-25 November 2009

Brussels Belgium


The main objective of this conference is to identify cooperation opportunities between stakeholders and policymakers from European and African countries to contribute to the exploitation of bioenergy resources for sustainable development in African countries.

Recent bioenergy initiatives, programmes and projects in African countries will be presented and discussed with respect to their social, economic and environmental sustainability. Furthermore, partners from the COMPETE project will present lessons learnt on ensuring value creation and sustainability of bioenergy development in Africa in order to:

Exploit the benefits of innovative bioenergy solutions with respect to sustainable rural development and improved livelihoods, increased energy access and income generation, alternative markets for agricultural products, security of energy supply, and diversification of energy sources

Avoid the dangers of negative social and environmental implications , with regards to land competition, land ownership, insufficient value creation for local farmers, and the ‘fuel versus food' debate




COMPETE Conference Programme 25th November


  Presentations COMPETE conference 24th November (click here)!
  Session 3: Ensuring Value Creation and Sustainability in Africa – Lessons learnt
08:45 – 09:00 Introduction: EU S&T Cooperation with Africa
Fadila Boughanemi, European Commission, Directorate General RTD
09:00 – 09:15 The COMPETE Project – Activities and Results
Rainer Janssen, WIP Renewable Energies, Germany
09:15 – 09:30 Land use, Land Use Change and the Food-fuel Conflict in Africa
Helen Watson, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
09:30 – 09:45 New and Improved Bioenergy Production and Utilisation Schemes
Janske van Eijck, Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
09:45 – 10:00 Sustainability of Bioenergy Production and Use in Africa
Rocio Diaz-Chavez, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
10:00 – 10:15 South-South and North-South Cooperation
Francis Johnson, SEI, Sweden
10:15 – 10:30 Financing and International Trade
Michael Hofmann, Camco, United Kingdom
10:30 – 10:45 Policy Development
Lindiwe Sibanda, FANRPAN, South Africa
  Session 4: Successful Bioenergy Projects and Initiatives in Africa
11:30 – 11:50 Jatropha Outgrower Scheme for Liquid Biofuel Production in Zambia
Kamal Desai, Marli Investments Ltd., Zambia
11:50 – 12:10 Garalo Bagani Yelen Jatropha-Fuelled Rural Electrification Project in Mali
Ibrahim Togola, Mali-Folkecenter, Mali
12:10 – 12:30 Biomass Energy for Poverty Reduction: The Case of Improved Charcoal
Production and Use in Tanzania

Estomih Sawe, TaTEDO, Tanzania
12:30 – 12:50 Promotion of Energy Efficient Cookstoves in Ghana
Frank Atta-Owusu, KITE, Ghana
  Round Table 2: Financing and Implementation of Bioenergy Projects in Africa
14:00 – 16:00 Chair Rocio Diaz-Chavez, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Rapporteur Dominik Rutz, WIP Renewable Energies, Germany
  Kees Kwant, Senter Novem, The Netherlands
  Michael Brüntrup, German Development Institute, Germany
  Gavin Fraser, Rhodes University, South Africa
  Hercilia Hamela, Ministry of Agriculture, Mozambique
  Kamal Desai, Marli Investments Ltd., Zambia