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New Research: Forcing Local Peoples off Their Lands Drives Almost Two-Thirds of Conflicts Between Companies and Local Communities in Africa
February 17, 2017 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(RightsAndResources.org)  Experts at Dakar event point to a significant cause of investment losses, work stoppages and violence across Africa: the failure of governments and companies to respect the land rights of indigenous and local communities

Sixty-three …

The Yield Dividend: 5-10X Increase in Sorghum Opening New Options for Africa?
April 1, 2016 – 9:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In South Africa,, Chromatin and Zaad Holdings have entered into an alliance to produce and distribute planting seed for grain and forage sorghum throughout the African continent.

In Africa, sorghum is …

Biofuels Production Plan already in Action
October 19, 2015 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Boyd Webb (IOL News)  Once home to millions of displaced black South Africans, former homelands are expected to become the heart of the country’s biofuels production.

Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs Lulama Xingwana said …

Biofuels, Oil Palm and Agribusiness in Southeast Asia – Planning for Sustainability?
September 29, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Stockholm Environment Institute)  This brief draws together SEI research done between 2011 and 2014 on agribusiness developments – especially of oil palm – in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

The brief presents overarching insights from …

Summary of Incorporating Bioenergy in Sustainable Landscape Designs Workshop Released
August 27, 2015 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  BETO recently published a report summarizing the proceedings of the second Incorporating Bioenergy in Sustainable Landscape Designs Workshop, held June 24–26, 2014, in Argonne, Illinois. The workshop focused on agricultural landscapes and …

Future Farm, Future Crop: Utopia or Dystopia? Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of 5
August 10, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As America’s farmers hit retirement age and technology options explode, what comes next?

… The average age of the US farmer reached 58.3 years in the USDA’s 2012 Census of Agriculture. …

Ghosts of Problems Past and Present Loom over Nigerian Palm Oil Plans
June 3, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Greg Norman (Mongabay.com)  … Cross River State, a coastal jurisdiction in southeastern Nigeria, still bears the marks of the country’s agricultural heritage when it was the world’s largest palm oil producer. That lasted until the late …

Integrating Place-Specific Livelihood and Equity Outcomes into Global Assessments of Bioenergy Deployment
October 30, 2013 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Felix Creutzig, Esteve Corbera, Simon Bolwig and Carol Hunsberger (IOP Science)    Integrated assessment models suggest that the large-scale deployment of bioenergy could contribute to ambitious climate change mitigation efforts. However, such a shift would …

Biofuels Producers Hunting Foreign Fields
October 25, 2013 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Mackinnon Lawrence (Forbes)  … Companies like SG Biofuels, Ceres, and others are squarely focused on biotechnology innovation, involving complex biological modifications at the crop’s cellular and genetic level.  The central focus of these efforts is the optimization of …

Bio-Fuel Production Threatens Ghana’s Agriculture – Director
October 21, 2013 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

(Ghana Business News)  Mr Cyril T. Quist, Brong Ahafo Regional Director of  Agriculture,  has said mining and biofuel  production in the country posed a threat to agriculture. He said efforts at promoting sustainable food systems …

One-Sided Report on Biofuels Cost is Wrong
September 25, 2013 – 8:13 pm | No Comment

by Rob Vierhout  (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The “accountancy-model” IISD used was one-sided, looking only at government expenditure but leaving out of the picture the revenues the industry is generating for government and society. A well-respected …

Is Ethanol Starving Africa?
September 20, 2013 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Amar Toor (The Verge)  Accusations of land grabbing revive debate over “food versus fuel”  …
But some experts say that when it comes to biofuels and food security, it’s not an “either-or” question.
“At the moment …

Biofuels and the Straw Man
September 4, 2013 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …ActionAid UK released a report this week focusing on the story of Addax Biofuels in Sierra Leone.

As Addax points out, it was not given the opportunity by Action Aid to …

Zimbabwe: Chisumbanje Workers Appeal to President
March 13, 2013 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(AllAfrica.com)  Villagers and workers in Chisumbanje and surrounding areas want President Mugabe to intervene and save the US$600 million Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant from total collapse.

The plant, owned by Green Fuel, had become the main source …

Myths and Facts about Bioenergy in Africa
March 12, 2013 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, PANGEA (Partners for Euro African Green Energy) is launching today a booklet outlining Myths and Facts about Bioenergy in Africa. The brochure is intended to demystify the …

Corporations, Investors ‘Grabbing’ Land and Water Overseas
February 19, 2013 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by By Brian Bienkowsk (Environmental Health News)  As a growing population stresses the world’s food and water supplies, corporations and investors in wealthy countries are buying up foreign farmland and the freshwater perks that come with …

EU Biofuels Policy Still Driving the Second Scramble for Africa
February 15, 2013 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(ActionAid)  At a seminar on biofuels in Dublin yesterday, David Barissa, a leading expert on food security and land rights from ActionAid Kenya spoke of the litany of broken promises, rights violations and destruction which …

Villagers, Police Clash over Disputed Land
January 1, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Obey Manayiti (News Day)   Dozens of angry villagers last week fought running battles with Zimbabwe Republic Police officers over disputed land between villagers and Green Fuel in Chisumbanje.

The clashes started last Monday, but turned …

Govt Urged to Empower Small Farmers in Biofuel Production
December 27, 2012 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Kitabu  (IPP Media)  The government of Tanzania has been urged to localise biofuel commercial production by empowering small farmers in terms of training, loans and marketing.

The call was made by Tanzanian researchers and …

Tanzania: Villagers Cry Foul On Bio-Fuel Investments
December 14, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Ashery Mkama   (AllAfrica.com)   Villagers from Kilwa and Rufiji districts have requested the government to involve them in implementation of bio-fuel projects and investments in which huge tracts of land is used.

They told members …

Kenyan Biofuel Dream Proves Elusive for Alberta Firm
December 3, 2012 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Sara Mojtehedzadeh  (Edmonton Journal)  Bedford Biofuels’ plantation is stalled, and along with it the company’s promise to provide jobs and cash for community development

…Though this is an arid and unforgiving area, the land surrounding Garsen …

In Indonesia and Malaysia, as Demand for Palm Oil Grows, So Do Environmental, Labor Concerns
November 29, 2012 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Jason Motlagh (The Washington Post/Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)  Long a preferred cooking ingredient in developing countries, palm oil is now in greater demand in Western markets because of its low price and long …

Govt Urged to Reduce Land Size Granted to Biofuel Businesses
November 27, 2012 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(IPPMedia/The Guardian Reporter)  The government has been urged to reduce the maximum land size of each bio-fuel developer from the proposed 20,000 ha to 10,000 ha and give investors conditions which would enable them deliver.

Speaking …

False Hope: The Harmful Promotion of Agrofuels in Asia and Canada
November 17, 2012 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Jack Litster  (CCCI-CCIC)  When the price of agrofuel production finally became economically competitive with the high price of oil around 2005, a debate soon opened up about whether transport fuel produced from crops (such …

EU Must Ensure Biofuel Producers in Indonesia Respect Land Rights
November 12, 2012 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

(The Guardian)  Tighter EU rules on biofuel production are failing to protect the land rights of Indonesia’s indigenous communities

…To understand the scale of the problem, Sawit Watch (sawit means palm oil in Indonesian) is supporting smallholders and indigenous …

Zimbabwe: Chisumbanje’s Ethanol Can Transform People’s Lives – Mangoma
October 15, 2012 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(All Africa)  The Chisumbanje Ethanol Project, if properly managed has the potential of bringing about meaningful development that can change the lives of the people and turn around the fortunes of the country’s economy, Hon. …

World Bank Rejects Call to Halt Land Deals
October 15, 2012 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(Newstime Africa)  The World Bank has rejected a call to suspend its involvement in large scale agricultural land acquisition following the release of a major report by the international aid agency Oxfam on the negative …

Shell Scraps Controversial Biofuels Plan after Brazilian Indian Protest
June 30, 2012 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(SurvivalInternational.org)  …But some of its sugar cane is grown on land claimed by the Guarani tribe, one of the most persecuted and impoverished in South America. Their leaders are regularly killed by gunmen acting for the sugar cane …

JOil Sees Tripling of Jatropha Productivity over Next Eight Years through Application of Biotechnology
January 23, 2012 – 9:46 am | No Comment

(PRNewsWire/Moneylife)  Scientific findings and process on biofuel crop presented in a paper delivered at INSULA (International Scientific Council for Island Development) / RSB (Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels), Conference in UNESCO, Paris

JOil (S) Pte Ltd, a scientific …

The Big Land Grab: What’s at Stake for Biofuels, and You?
December 13, 2011 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Biofuels Digest senior editor Meghan Sapp, in her other role as Secretary-General of the Europe-based PANGEA (Partners for Euro-African Green Energy), released her organization’s breakthrough report on biofuels and …

Africa’s Farmland in Demand: ‘Is There a Better Place than This?’
December 5, 2011 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Rick Westhead (The Star)  …Indian industrialist Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi has his eye on this lush scenery, too, but he sees something much different: the potential for large-scale commercial farming.

Karuturi, from the South Indian city …

Agrisol’s $100 Million Land Deal Opposed by US Environment Group
November 28, 2011 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Kelley (The East African)  A leading US environmental group is opposing the planned purchase of 325,000 hectares of land in Tanzania by an American company.

…Opponents charge that the deal amounts to a “land …

AMG Bioenergy Resources Holdings Ltd.: Update on Acquisition of Plantations
November 28, 2011 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(AMG/MarketWire)  AMG Bioenergy Resources Holdings Ltd. (the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:ABG), a Canadian publicly traded company, wishes to provide an update on the progress of its acquisition of a 133 hectare jatropha plantation and a 201 …

UK Firm’s Failed Biofuel Dream Wrecks Lives of Tanzania Villagers
November 2, 2011 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Damian Carrington (The Guardian/The Observer)  The collapse of Sun Biofuels has left hundreds of Tanzanians landless, jobless, and in despair for the future

“People feel this is like the return of colonialism,” says Athumani Mkambala, chairman …

Tanzania: Sun Biofuels Jatropha Project in Kisarawe Suspended
October 7, 2011 – 7:57 am | No Comment

by Finnigan Wa Simbeye    (AllAfrica.com)  An ambitious biodiesel project which was allocated over 8,000 hectares of land by Kisarawe district officials in 2008 is in trouble.

Employees and casual workers of Sun Biofuels Plc, told Business …

From the Parliament: Opposition Warns against Rukwa Bio-Fuel Project
September 14, 2011 – 7:17 am | No Comment

(The Daily News)  THE government has been warned against allocating over 320,000 hectares of prime land in Rukwa Region to an American agro-firm, Agrisol Energy, which is seeking to undertake large scale commercial farming for …

Guarani Indians in Southern Brazil Have Called on Shell to Withdraw from their Ancestral Land, Where the Oil Giant Produces ethanol from Sugar Cane, According to a Native Rights Group.
September 8, 2011 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

(Radio Netherlands Worldwide)  “Shell must leave our land… The companies must stop using indigenous land,” said Ambrosio Vilhalva, a Guarani from the Caarapo municipality in the southern state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

“We want justice, …

Food Security Not Necessarily Threatened By Biofuels
July 18, 2011 – 8:33 am | No Comment

(Rainharvest)  To achieve “win-win outcomes” for bio-energy, food security and poverty reduction, we must recognise that these outcomes are possible.

This is what Prof Lee Lynd, of Dartmouth College and the Mascoma Corporation, told delegates during …

Biofuels Land Grab in Kenya’s Tana Delta Fuels Talk of War
July 5, 2011 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Guardian News and Mail)  Gamba Manyatta village is empty now, weeds already roping around the few skeletal hut frames still standing. The people who were evicted took as much of their building materials as they …

African Case Study: Palm Oil and Economic Development in Nigeria and Ghana; Recommendations for the World Bank’s 2010 Palm Oil Strategy
August 24, 2010 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Thompson Ayodele (Initiative for Public Policy Analysis)  Forward by  Dr. Matthew O. Eshalomi:  Growth and prosperity of an economy are central to the longterm reduction in poverty for both economic and environmental sustainability. Palm oil …