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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Biofuels, land grabbing and food security in Africa
Editors:Matondi, Prosper BvumiranayiISNI
Havnevik, Kjell J.ISNI
Beyene, AtakilteISNI
Series:Africa now
City of publisher:London
ISBN:1848138792; 9781848138797; 1848138784; 9781848138780
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
food security
land use
Abstract:This book examines the advantages of biofuels in the sub-Saharan African context and raises some doubts about their real potential. The main bone of contention is whether land should be used for food production or for plants such as jatropha which can be used as fuel. Climate change and the effects of fossil fuels are also an issue. The book commences with an Introduction: biofuels, food security and land grabbing in Africa by Prosper B. Matondi, Kjell Havnevik and Atakilte Beyne, and contains the following contributions: Grabbing of African lands for energy and food: implications for land rights, food security and smallholders by Kjell Havnevik; Biofuel governance: a matter of discursive and actor intermesh by Marie Widengård; Peak oil and cimate change: triggers of the drive for biofuel production by Rune Skarstein; Attracting foreign direct investment in Africa in the context of land grabbing for biofuels and food security by Prosper B. Matondi and Patience Mutopo; Smallholder-led transformation towards biofuel production in Ethiopia by Atakilte Beyene; Biofuel, land and environmental issues: the case of SEKAB's biofuel plans in Tanzania by Kjell Havnevik and Hanne Haaland; Agro-investments in Zimbabwe at a time of redistributive land reforms by Prosper B. Matondi; Competition between biofuel and food? Evidence from a jatropha biodiesel project in Northern Ghana by Festus Boamah. The Conclusion: land grabbing, smallholder farmers and the meaning of agro-investor-driven agrarian change in Africa is the joint work of Prosper B. Matondi, Kjell Havnevik and Atakilte Beyene. [ASC Leiden abstract]