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PANGEA on the Green Growth Knowledge Platform


The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global network of international organizations and experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. By encouraging widespread collaboration and research, the GGKP offers practitioners and policymakers the policy guidance, good practices, tools, and data necessary to support the transition to a green economy. PANGEA is therefore proud to announce that our publications ‘Myths and Facts about Bioenergy in Africa’ and ‘Who’s Fooling Whom? The Real Drivers Behind the 2010/11 Food Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa’ are now part of their resource library.

‘Myths and Facts about Bioenergy in Africa’ presents facts about bioenergy in sub-Saharan Africa while addressing false assumptions that are often claimed against this sector. The document highlights the real benefits of bioenergy in Africa as well as the real causes of failed projects. In this publication, numbers show that actual biofuels production in Africa is small and the unlikely cause of food insecurity and land grabbing. Data in the publication, for example, demonstrates that only 0.05% of global biofuels are produced on the continent while just 2% of European imports of denatured ethanol from 2009 to 2011 came from sub-Saharan Africa. The document also highlights how women can benefit from sustainable biofuels, both in rural and in urban areas and how land grabbing is not a result of demand for biofuels, but is actually due to weak land tenure systems in African countries along with topics related to water use and biodiversity.

PANGEA’s second publication on the GGKP ‘Who’s Fooling Whom? The Real Drivers Behind the 2010/11 Food Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa’ examines the link between global demand for biofuels and the 2010/11 food crisis in the Sub-Saharan African region. In order for the analysis to be as comprehensive as possible, this paper builds upon both statistical analysis and qualitative research. Food prices from 20 Sub-Saharan African countries have been compared to international commodity prices over the period 2010/11 in order to analyse the degree of price transmission from global to local markets. The analysis however does not consider the existence of food price support mechanisms at the national level, which may have had a fundamental role in smoothing price volatility.

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