Biofuels, Bioenergy and Food Security - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128039540

Biofuels, Bioenergy and Food Security

1st Edition

Technology, Institutions and Policies

Editors: Deepayan Debnath Suresh Babu
Paperback ISBN: 9780128039540
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 21st June 2019
Page Count: 284
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Biofuels, Bioenergy and Food Security: Technology, Institutions and Policies explores the popular ‘Food versus Fuel’ debates, discussing the complex relationship between the biofuel and agricultural markets. From the importance of bioenergy in the context of climate change, to the potentially positive environmental consequences of growing second generation biofuels crops, this book provides important insights into the impact of policy, the technical implementation and the resulting impact of biofuels. The discussion of existing issues hindering the growth of the cellulosic biofuel industry and their remedies are particularly relevant for policy makers and others associated with the biofuel industry.

Transferring information on bioenergy economy through the discussion of the current and emerging biofuel market, country specific case studies explain the existing biofuel policy and its consequences to both the energy and agricultural markets. Economic simulation models explain the future of the bioenergy markets.

Biofuels, Bioenergy and Food Security: Technology, Institutions and Policies is an invaluable resource to the students, scientific community, policy makers, and investors in the bioenergy industry. Students will benefit from a variety of perspectives on major societal questions in context of the interaction between food security and bioenergy. Its review of existing literature on the biofuel marker, investment opportunities, and energy independence provides a broad overview to allow informed decision making regarding the industry.

Key Features

  • Provides an integrated overview of the world biofuel market by country, including a summary of the existing biofuel policies, role of investment opportunities, and rural development potential
  • Discusses the impact of biofuels on efforts by developing countries to become more energy self-sufficient
  • Examines the environmental consequences of biomass-based biofuel use.


Students, scientific community, policy makers, and investors in the bioenergy industry

Table of Contents

I. Introduction to Bioenergy

1. Bioenergy Economy, Development and Food Security
Suresh Babu1 and Deepayan Debnath2
1International Food Policy Research Institute
2University of Missouri-Columbia

2. Technology, Policy, and Institutional Options
Claire Palandri1, Céline Giner2, and Deepayan Debnath3
1Columbia University
2Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
3University of Missouri-Columbia

II. Technological Options

3. From Biomass to Biofuel
Deepayan Debnath1
1University of Missouri-Columbia

4. Interaction Between Biofuel and Agricultural Market
Deepayan Debnath1 and Céline Giner2
1University of Missouri-Columbia
2Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

III. Sector/Market Integration, Contributions, Debates and Challenges

5. Food-Fuel-Fiber Debate
Simla Tokgoz1
1International Food Policy Research Institute

6. Exploring the Potential for Riparian Marginal Lands to Enhance Ecosystem Services and Bioenergy Production
Christine Costello1 and Nasser Ayoub2
1University of Missouri-Columbia
2Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt

7. Implication of Biofuel Production on Direct and Indirect Land Use Change: Evidence from Brazil
Amani Elobeid1, Marcelo M. R. Moreira2, Cicero Zanetti3, Miguel Carriquiry4, and Leila Harfuch2
1Iowa State University
3Purdue University (Department of Agricultural Economics)
4Universidad de la República, Uruguay (Department of Economics)

8. Biofuels’ Contribution to Date to Greenhouse Gas Emission Savings
Claire Palandri1, Céline Giner2, and Deepayan Debnath3
1Columbia University
2Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
3University of Missouri-Columbia

IV. Analyzing Policy Options

9. Consequences of US and EU Biodiesel Policies on Global Food Security
Deepayan Debnath1, Jarrett Whistance1, Patrick Westhoff1 and Mike Helmar2
1University of Missouri-Columbia
2University of Nevada-Reno

10. The Impact of  Key US Biofuel Policies: An LCFS and RFS Example
Jarrett Whistance1 and Wyatt Thompson1
1University of Missouri-Columbia

11. Assessing the Possibility of Price-Induced Yield Improvements to Reduce Land-Use Change Emissions from Ethanol
Jerome Dumortier1, Amani Elobeid2 and Miguel Carriquiry3
1Indiana University
2Iowa State University
3Universidad de la República, Uruguay (Department of Economics)

V. Institutional Challenges and Option

12. Biofuels, Food Security, and Sustainability
Parijat Ghosh1, Patrick Westhoff1 and Deepayan Debnath1
1University of Missouri-Columbia

13. Advanced Biofuels: Supply Chain Management
Deepayan Debnath1
1University of Missouri-Columbia

14. The Role of Biofuels in a 2 Degrees Scenario
Céline Giner1, Claire Palandri2 and Deepayan Debnath3
1Organization for Economic and Cooperation and Development
2Columbia University
3University of Missouri


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About the Editor

Deepayan Debnath

Deepayan Debnath serves as senior research scientist at the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where his role is to conduct problem-oriented policy-relevant research in the broader field of bioenergy and biofuels and their implications for land use change, water and water quality, and greenhouse gas emissions. He has served as a senior research associate with Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he developed models of agricultural and biofuel markets. He has worked at Organization for Economic Cooperation Development, Paris, France and at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University. Dr. Debnath has published extensively in high impact journals including Applied Energy, Energy, and Biomass & Bioenergy. He has also written an op-ed in The Economics Times, the world’s second most widely read business newspaper. He received Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University with Leonard F. Miller Distinguished Graduate and Endowed International Agricultural Economics Fellowships.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA

Suresh Babu

Suresh Chandra Babu is a senior fellow and a program leader at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, D.C and extraordinary professor of agricultural economics at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Before joining IFPRI as a research fellow in 1992, Dr. Babu was a research economist at Cornell University. He has published 20 books and monographs and more than 100 peer-reviewed journal papers on food and agricultural policies in developing countries. He has conducted research on food and agricultural policy in developing countries for the past 30 years. He has held visiting or honorary professorships at American University, Washington, D.C.; Indira Gandhi National Open University, India; University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa; and Zhejiang University, China. He currently serves on the editorial boards of several leading academic journals including, Food Security, Agricultural Economics Research Review, African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Journal of Sustainable Development, and Food and Nutrition Bulletin. Dr. Babu received his Ph.D. and M.S. in economics from Iowa State University, where he was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award for his services to global development.

Affiliations and Expertise

International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC, USA

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