Research and Capacity Building

27 January 2015
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Research and Capacity Building in Clean and Renewable Bio-energy in Ethiopia

Relevance of the project

Ethiopia has huge potential for renewable bioenergy production. There are policies and institutions which are working towards exploiting this potential to achieve its green economic development goals. However, due to lack of trained and qualified manpower and technologies, achieving these goals appeared dubious. Despite the efforts to increase the domestic renewable bioenergy production, no thorough study has been carried out on the sources of biofuel crops and optimization of such crops for biofuel production and utilization; and their socioeconomic and environmental feasibility and sustainability. Achieving these goals is the main purpose of this project through collaboration between different institutions.

Current synergy with other activities/projects

This project will be synergized with other projects in the universities and institutions so as to improve the livelihood of the rural poor. The Universities have several cooperations with the Norwegian aided projects. The Sweet potato-Enset project and Climate Smart Agriculture project under the NORHED program are the main projects we are working closely with. Additionally, NORAD project has been successful in the last three project phases at both universities. We are collaborating with the project and be able to share resources , strategies and expertise. Partnerships established with other institutions like: Research institutes, government energy bureaus and private investors.

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