$9m boost for Mozambique ethanol cooking venture

Engineering News 19 September 2012.

To increase food security in Africa and stem the human and environmental costs of indoor cooking with charcoal, the Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF) and the Industrialisation Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) would invest nearly $9-million in cooking fuel company CleanStar Mozambique to help distribute its ethanol-fired stoves.

(Editor’s note: At first sight food security and farming for bio fuels would appear to be a contradiction in terms. however, if CleanStar gets it right, farmers will produce food crops and surplus cassava – the cassava being used to produce bio-ethanol. We have a similar project in KZN, the Umdoni Gel Fuel project, which uses bio-ethanol produced from sugar cane.)