Biofuels, Bioenergy and Food Security: Technology, Institutions and Policies explores the popular 'Food vs. Feed' debate through a discussion of the complex interlinking relationship between the biofuel and agricultural markets. From the importance of bioenergy in the context of climate change, to the potentially positive environmental consequences of growing second generation biofuels crops, including corn stover, switchgrass and jatropha, this book provides important insights into the impacts of biofuels policy and technical implementation. Presented through the lens of the current and emerging biofuels market, this book includes country-specific case studies that explain existing biofuel policy and its consequences on energy and agricultural markets.
- Provides an integrated overview of the world biofuel market by country, including a summary of the existing biofuel policies, the role of investment opportunities and rural development potential
- Discusses the potential opportunities to become energy independent from the perspective of developing countries
- Serves as a practical guide for policymakers
- Includes insights into possible environmental benefits derived from the uses of biomass-based biofuel
I. Introduction to Bioenergy 1. Bioenergy Economy and Development and Food Security 2. Technology, Policy and Institutional Options
II. Conceptual Framework 3. Food-Fuel-Fiber 4. Land-Environment-Forest 5. Interaction between Biofuel and Agricultural Market
III. Review of Literature 6. Development of Biofuel Production Technologies 7. Reducing Energy Dependency 8. Environmental Consequence of Biofuel Production 9. Existing Biofuel Policies: Across different Countries
IV. Technological Options 10. Biomass to Biofuel 11. Feedstock used in Biofuel Production 12. Conversion Technologies
V. Institutional Challenges and Options 13. Land Use Management- A Collective Action 14. Green House Gas Emission Reduction 15. Biofuel Use Mandates- Implementation 16. Investment Opportunities in Developing Countries
VI. Analyzing Policy Options 17. An Analysis of Biofuel Policy using Partial Equilibrium Model Simulation 18. Impact of Key Policies by Major Biofuel Producing and Consuming Countries 19. Food Security 20. Climate Change
Dr. Debnath's research interests include Agribusiness Management, Applied Microeconomics, Bioenergy Economics, Biotechnology, Econometrics, Development Economics, International Economics, Statistics, Survey Design.
Babu, Suresh Chandra
Suresh C Babu is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Capacity Strengthening at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C. Before joining IFPRI in 1992 as a Research Fellow, Dr. Babu was a Research Economist at the Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Between 1989 and 1994 he spent 5 years in Malawi, Southern Africa on various capacities. He was Senior Food Policy Advisor to the Malawi Ministry of Agriculture on developing a national level Food and Nutrition Information System; an Evaluation Economist for the UNICEF-Malawi working on designing food and nutrition intervention programs; Coordinator of UNICEF/IFPRI food security program in Malawi; and a Senior Lecturer at the Bunda College of Agriculture, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANR). He has been coordinator of IFPRI's South Asia Initiative and Central Asia Program. His past research covers a range of developmental issues including nutrition economics and policy, economics of soil fertility, famine prevention, market integration, migration, pesticide pollution, groundwater depletion, and gender bias in development. He has published more than 18 books and monographs and 80 peer reviewed journal papers. He has been on the advisory board of World Agricultural Forum and a Coordinating Lead Author of Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He currently conducts research on Capacity Development including Economic Analysis of Extension and Advisory Services; Reforming of National agricultural Research Systems; Understanding Policy Process; and Institutional Innovations for Agricultural Transformation. He is or has been a Visiting as Honorary Professor of Indira Gandhi National Open University, India, American University, Washington DC, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, and Zhejiang University, China. He currently serves or has served on the editorial boards of the following journals - Food Security, Food and Nutrition Bulletin, Agricultural Economics Research Review, African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, African Journal of Management, and African Journal of Food, Nutrition, and Development. Dr. Babu was educated at Agricultural Universities in Tamil Nadu, India (B.S. Agriculture; M.S. Agriculture) and at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (M.S. Economics and PhD Economics).