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Growing energy and food security: an assessment of farm household energy requirements for the achievement of household food security in four major African farming systems

McHenry, M.P., Doepel, D., Onyango, B.O. and Opara, U.L. (2012) Growing energy and food security: an assessment of farm household energy requirements for the achievement of household food security in four major African farming systems. Written as a 6-part research report for ACIAR part of the ACIAR-AusAID Africa Agricultural Research & Development Implementation Partnership, with collaboration from Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa, & Community Resolve Against Hunger, Homabay, Kenya.

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Abstract

African stakeholders in discussion with ACIAR have emphasised the key role of energy availability on farms for the intensification of food crop production on small holdings, especially in an era of high and increasing oil prices. Energy is often a binding constraint which limits the pumping of water, utilisation of small tractors and the local processing of food, as well as household activities such as clean cooking and household lighting. Recent advances in renewable energy technologies have opened up new possibilities for the economic provision of energy to smallholder households in remote locations, based on better utilisation of biomass and other renewable energy resources.

The research team has assessed the potential for appropriate modern renewable energy technologies to improve primary productivity to accelerate food supply security. The projects include an analysis suitable for four primary production systems:
• inland artisanal fishery systems;
• humid forest root crop-based systems;
• sub-humid savannah maize-based systems, and;
• arid/semi-arid agro-pastoral systems.

Publication Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Energy
Publisher: Written as a 6-part research report for ACIAR part of the ACIAR-AusAID Africa Agricultural Research & Development Implementation Partnership, with collaboration from Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa, & Community Resolve Against Hunger
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/14603
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