Cane Resources Network for Southern Africa (CARENSA)






CARENSA Thematic Reports

The CARENSA thematic report series provides a critical assessment on the role of sugar cane resources in promoting sustainable development and global competitiveness in Southern Africa. Among the many agricultural sources of biomass, sugar cane has special significance for the developing world, due to its high photosynthetic efficiency, its limitation to tropical and sub-tropical climates, and the long experience with its cultivation in developing countries. The CARENSA reports also briefly consider—within a similar context—the role of other highly productive energy crops such as Sweet Sorghum. The CARENSA series includes the following reports:

Growing concerns worldwide about the impacts of climate change and the world’s increasing dependence on fossil fuels have intensified interest in bioenergy and biofuels. The potential expansion of sugar cane and other highly productive energy crops in the developing world highlights important linkages among energy, environment and development goals across all scales—from local to global. As global markets develop and expand, it remains important that such crops be grown in the regions where they are most productive, so as to maximise their benefits and minimise negative impacts. The CARENSA reports address key issues across all relevant scales—local, national, regional, and global—based on the recognition that sugar cane has become a truly global resource for renewable energy and sustainable development.