January 25th, 2013

More sugarcane to save money on fuel imports in Malawi

Posted on 25 Jan 2013 at 10:51pm

JOHANNESBURG, 25 January 2013 (IRIN)

As fuel prices climb in Malawi, amid fuel shortages and a soaring inflation rate – prompted by a 50 percent devaluation of the currency – a new paper suggests a way to decrease the country’s reliance on imported fuel: biofuels.

Malawi is “the only African country that has consistently used liquid biofuels for transport for an extended period – since 1982”, points out the paper, which was jointly authored by economist Charles Jumbe, of the Centre for Agricultural Research and Development…