Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) are launching an initiative to expand opportunities for “smallhold” farmers in Southern Africa to grow crops that produce sustainable fuels.
The program builds on a global effort by Boeing, RSB and others to help farmers with small plots of land gain access to markets for sustainable biofuels and biomaterials. Boeing and RSB will work with Southern African stakeholders to create pilot programs to promote these skills among groups of farmers who want to certify their crops as sustainable.
Over the long term, as Southern Africa gains capacity in this area, more farmers will be positioned to tap into demand for biofuel feedstocks certified to provide socio-economic value to communities without adverse impact to food supplies, fresh water or land use, Boeing says.
This initiative follows the announcement in October 2013 that Boeing and South African Airways would collaborate to develop a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa. It is also aligned with a similar effort by Boeing and RSB to expand biofuel crop opportunities for small farmers in Southeast Asia.