Biofuels, agriculture and poverty reduction

March 2007

This project was commissioned by DFID to examine the potential pros and cons of biofuel production and trade for agricultural growth and poverty reduction in developing countries. The project assessed the potential contribution to agricultural sector development and economic opportunities for poor people in rural areas. What might future scenarios of enhanced biofuel production mean for small farmers, agricultural labourers, the non-farm economy and food security? What might the impact be on the dynamics of rural growth and poverty reduction? Will a push on biofuels offer a lifeline to rural economies, or will the opportunities and benefits largely bypass poor people?

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Biofuels, Agriculture and Poverty Reduction

Briefing papers | June 2007 | Leo Peskett, Rachel Slater, Chris Stevens and Annie Dufey
The development of biofuels has generated vigorous debate on economic and environmental grounds. Our attention here is on its potential impacts on poverty reduction.
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Biofuels, Agriculture and Poverty Reduction

Research reports and studies | March 2007 | Leo Peskett, Rachel Slater, Chris Stevens (ODI) and Annie Dufey (IIED)

This paper examines the scope for biofuels production and trade to contribute to agricultural growth and poverty reduction in developing countries.

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