Toward Inclusive Biofuel Innovation in Indonesia

Concern about energy security prompted the Indonesian government to issue several presidential decrees in 2005 and 2006 promoting a national biofuels program based on a vegetable oil produced from the seeds of Jatropha curcas, a plant that can be grown on marginal land. However, a number of obstacles to the top-down program have emerged. Women, especially homemakers, depend on fuel for domestic use. Also, a significant proportion of female labor is involved in the plantation of biofuel crops and off-farm processing. This calls for gender appropriation of biofuel production and consumption techniques.

This project will promote biofuel innovation that includes all relevant players, including rural women. Researchers will build capacity to produce and use biofuels in two communities in Karimunjawa and Ciamis districts. At the same time, they will promote the concept to relevant policymakers and decision-makers with a view to improving the current biofuel program. The project will be evaluated in terms of whether and if so the extent to which the results have informed the national research agenda and been used as teaching materials and resources for further research. The ultimate goal is to contribute to energy security and poverty alleviation.

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Start Date

Thursday, September 2, 2010

End Date

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


24 months

IDRC Officer

Osir, Ellie Onyango

Total funding

CA$ 274,900


Far East Asia, Indonesia, Central Asia, South Asia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Sonny Yuliar


Institut Teknologi Bandung

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