Africa a green gold rush

Africa is becoming a the next battleground for biofuels, according to an article in Speigel on-line. The story was pointed out to me by David Benson, a regular commenter on the blog.

To me it points out the need for informed free consent by the people affected to the deals that the biofuels companies are offering. It also points up the robust ethical approaches that companes should be taking to ensure that locals are not squashed by people in power in the countries that they want to operate in. It also points up the need for transparancey in the payments that companies make in the processes of gaining permits and permissions.

I do take issue with the idea that small farmers are the best way to exploit the African land. Look at Zimbabwe as an example of what happens when industrial farming for cash crops is replaced by susbistence farming… Ok the situation is complitcated by the kleptocracy which runs the country.

I wonder if any of the companies mentioned in the Speigel on line would like to story would like to respond?

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2 Responses to Africa a green gold rush

  1. Pradeep 8 September, 2008 at 9:15 pm #

    Interesting. Parts of Africa, South America and Asia also will become/are becoming the place for generating carbon credits.
    An article in the July/August’08 issue of “Fast Company” talks about companies becoming active players in this area.

  2. Pannir 8 September, 2008 at 10:21 pm #

    The same story we also see also here in north east Brazil South America is becoming a the best place for getting the lands with water very cheap biofuel and also government money for biofuel project. This story is very well pointed out to me by you via twitter , a very important global problems of social inclusion, the food and fuel conflict, the poor farmer are all become much poor as the battle for land increasing , surely need every one attention.Keep on informing post very good like this

    prof Pannirselvam P.V
    North east of Brazil
    South America

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