Empowering the Poor
ICRISAT is working hard to ensure that the billions of dollars now flowing into bio-energy benefit the poor, rather than marginalizing them.
The risk is real. Bio-energy today is mostly derived from agriculture, and biofuel crops could take land away from growing food. Without conscious pro-poor action, influencing government policies and technologies, the poor may become poorer, and the hungry, hungrier.
As an agriculturally-oriented, non-profit, international organization dedicated to ending hunger and poverty in the tropical drylands through research-for-development, ICRISAT's mission and capacities position it ideally to contribute, together with partners, to pro-poor BioPower development.
ICRISAT and partners are contributing in many ways, such as:
trends to understand their consequences for
Developing biofuel crops
and cropping methods that increase incomes
and food supplies for the poor
Helping the fuel industry
work successfully with the poor for mutual
develop pro-poor bio-energy policies
Using bio-energy trees to
rehabilitate degraded lands while earning
incomes for the poor
This website describes these activities and achievements. We would be pleased to hear your ideas and suggestions on how we can further advance BioPower.