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Biofuels, Land Grabbing and Food Security in Africa

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Abstract(English): Energy crisis and climate change have generated global demands for alternative non-fossil fuel sources. This has led to a rapid increase of investments in production of liquid biofuels based on agricultural feed stocks such as sugar cane. Most African governments see biofuels as a potential for increasing agricultural productivity and export incomes and thus strengthening their national economies, improving energy balances and rural employment. At the same time climate change may be addressed through reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. There are, however, a number of uncertainties mounting that challenge this scenario. Using in-depth African case studies this book addresses this knowledge gap by examining the impacts of large-scale biofuel production on African agriculture in regard to vital land outsourcing and food security issues. The surge for African biofuels has also opened space for private investors both domestic and external to multiply and network 'independently' of...
Type: Book/Monograph
Language: English
Subject: ECONOMIC RELATIONS
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS
GLOBALIZATION
CHINA
AFRICA
FOREIGN RELATIONS
TRADE
CASE STUDIES
Link to Fulltext/Resources: http://library.africa-union.org/biofuels-land-grabbing-and-food-security-africa




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