The juice is just the job
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CTA. 2003. The juice is just the job. Spore 105. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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It seems that the benefits of rural electrification in developing countries have not always been properly calculated and thus not fully appreciated, according to several World Bank experts.
It seems that the benefits of rural electrification in developing countries have not always been properly calculated and thus not fully appreciated, according to several World Bank experts. In the past, calculations of the financial viability of bringing electricity ( juice in the trade) to rural areas have measured only the direct gains for the people and locations which get hooked up to the electricity grid, or network. But the experts have now looked at the benefits gained by the poor who cannot afford to get hooked up but who nevertheless get the benefits of public lighting, of cooling food and of recharging batteries. The time and money they save through this become, say the experts, available for investment in more productive areas. These indirect gains are hard to put figures to, but if they were taken into account in project design, it would justify a higher level of investment. This at least is the message in a recent study in the Philippines for the World Bank. René Massé c/o GRET 210, rue La Fayette 75010 Paris, France Fax: +33 4 42 66 91 35 Email: email@example.com