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Cultivating Energy, Reducing Poverty: Biofuel Development in an Indonesian Village

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This article examines biofuel development in Indonesia initiated by the government through a presidential instruction issued in January 2006. Three layers of analysis are presented. One is related to the politics of oil during the Suharto era that shaped Indonesian energy policy for decades. The second layer looks at current political and economic situations in Indonesia, which has been much affected by a crisis of energy resulting from previous regimes. A biofuel initiative thus got underway to solve three major problems, namely, the energy crisis, high unemployment, and poverty. Finally, this paper observes how the biofuel policy impacts people in a village in West Java.


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Affiliations: 1: Division of Sociology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue S3.2 B2-28, Singapore 639798;, Email:; 2: Graduate Program of Development Studies School of Architecture, Planning, and Policy Deveopment, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jl. Ganesa 10, Bandung 40132, Indonesia


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