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Brazilian president proposes biofuel usage to help reduce African poverty
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13:11, August 30, 2007

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Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva Wednesday proposed that a minimum usage of biofuels be applied in Africa to aid the continent's economic development.

He said the plan should be added to the United Nation's millennium development goals.

Biofuels could generate income and employment in Africa when rich nations begin to use them, he said.

"There should be a goal of 20 percent ethanol or biodiesel in every tank for 2015 or 2020," said the president.

"Africa's problem is that it has a lot to say, but with little money. That is why I am a fan of the biofuel program, so that when the rich world starts introducing biofuels, it can generate jobs and income in Africa," he said.

Brazil's gasoline is 25 percent ethanol, distilled from sugar cane. The country has used this mixture since 2005.

On Brazil's millennium development goals, Lula said Brazil could achieve them before 2015, and said that one way to eradicate poverty and combat serious illness is for the federal government to work closely with local governments.

Between 1990 and 2006 Brazil reduced its extreme poverty rate from 8.8 percent to 4.2 percent, according to a report issued by the federal government Wednesday.

Source: Xinhua

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