Small-Scale Schemes: Opportunities and Risks

Developing small-scale bioenergy systems that will truly satisfy local needs, and contribute to poverty reduction and food security presents a complex challenge, usually follows an iterative path, and takes time. In this sense, bioenergy if planning appropriately and inclusively can be particularly important for rural development. Bioenergy as a form of rural, off-grid energy should be part of a broader rural development approach if it is to have positive and sustainable impacts on the rural poor. This section will discuss small scale schemes and how institutional arrangements can change risks and rewards to sometimes vulnerable communities.

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