29 May '12, 5pm

Can Mozambique be a model for sustainable food, fuel production?

Can Mozambique be a model for sustainable food, fuel production?

What on earth is Novozymes , a $1.8-billion industrial biotechnology company headquartered in Denmark, doing in Mozambique , a poor African country (per capita income: $440) where corruption is rampant and more than half of the government's budget comes from foreign aid? The company says it's trying to protect forests, increase agricultural productivity, lift farmer incomes, reduce indoor air pollution and, not incidentally, make money. In an unusual move for a big multinational company, Novozymes and a partner, a New York-based firm called CleanStar Ventures , have created a vertically integrated, energy-and-fuel company called CleanStar Mozambique . The centerpiece of the new venture is a factory that makes clean-burning ethanol for use as a cooking fuel from cassava , a starchy food crop widely grown in Africa. The factory opened in mid-May, with a visit from Steen Riis...

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