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Sir Bob Geldof, keynote speaker at World Biofuels Markets 2009
19 March 2009

Far from damaging the fragile ecosystems of developing countries, biofuels can be developed from feedstocks without impacting food production and can have a postive impact on poverty stricken communities by giving them the opportunity to develop energy independence. Sir Bob, along with other high-profile speakers, will discuss the sustainable bio future and how this could help eradicate poverty, particularly across the African continent.

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Extracts from an interview between WBM and Sir Bob Geldof:

You have campaigned long for humanitarian relief in Africa, what do you see as some of the key challenges?

No, I have campaigned against poverty which is a political and economic construct. It may seem counter-intuitive, but as we live through a grave economic crisis, now is the moment to address this.

Without including the 3 billion people who are living on less than $2 per day in the new global financial architecture we will continue to have an asymmetric system with inbuilt instability.

How do you see biofuels helping Africa?

Import substitution. More money in the economy. More jobs. Domestic fuel at the local level. Infrastructure. Education and health benefits.

Africa has always used “bio-fuel” as a primary source – wood, dung, residue etc. They can build responsibly on this tradition.

Fast forward 10 or 20 years and what would you like to see have happen?

Re bio-fuels; Regulated industries. Sustainable cropping in a sustainable economy. Non-arable land used for non-edible crops. Improvement in local life, opportunity etc.

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