Africa: Up for grabs - The scale and impact of land grabbing for agrofuels

1 August 2010

The amount of land being taken in Africa to meet Europe’s increasing demand for biofuels is underestimated and out of control, this investigation reveals. The research looks at 11 African countries and finds at least five million hectares of land is being acquired by foreign companies to produce biofuels mainly for the European market. The report reveals how local communities are having their land taken, forests and natural vegetation are being cleared, and there are few safeguards for local community land rights.

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