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July 19, 2011

Book: Biofuels, Land Grabbing and Food Security in Africa

Book Title: Biofuels, Land Grabbing and Food Security in Africa

Editors: Prosper B. Matondi, Kjell Havnevik and Atakilte Beyene

About: The issue of biofuels has already been much debated, but the focus to date has largely been on Latin America and deforestation - this highly original work breaks fresh ground in looking at the African perspective. Most African governments see biofuels as having the potential to increase agricultural productivity and export incomes and thus strengthen their national economies, improving energy balances and rural employment. At the same time climate change may be addressed through reduction of green house gas emissions.

There are, however, a number of uncertainties mounting that challenge this scenario...this knowledge gap is addressed in a variety of chapters examining the effects of large-scale biofuel production on African agriculture. In particular, 'land grabbing' and food security issues are scrutinised, both of which have become vital topics in regard to the environmental and developmental governance of African countries.

A revealing book for anyone wishing to understand the startling impact of biofuels and land grabbing on Africa.


Table of Contents:

1. Introduction: biofuels, food security and land grabbing in Africa - Prosper B. Matondi, Kjell Havnevik and Atakilte Beyene

2. Grabbing of African lands for energy and food - implications for land rights, food security and smallholders - Kjell Havnevik

3. Biofuels governance - a matter of discursive and actor intermesh- Marie WidengÄrd

4. Peak oil and climate change: Triggers of the drive for biofuel production - Rune Skarstein

5. Attracting Foreign Direct Investment in Africa in the context of land grabbing for biofuels and food security - Prosper B. Matondi and Patience Mutopo

6. Smallholder led transformation towards bio-fuel production in Ethiopia - Atakilte Beyene

7. Biofuel, land and environmental issues - the case of SEKAB's biofuel plans in Tanzania - Kjell Havnevik and Hanne Haaland

8. Agro-investments in Zimbabwe at a Time of Redistributive Land Reforms - Prosper B. Matondi

9. Competition between biofuel and food? Re-thinking biofuel narratives, evidence from a jatropha biodiesel project in Northern Ghana - Festus Boamah

10. Land grabbing, smallholder farmers and the meaning of agro-investor driven agrarian change in Africa - Prosper B. Matondi, Kjell Havnevik and Atakilte Beyene

More Info: http://zedbooks.co.uk/book/paperback/2011/biofuels-land-grabbing-and-food-security-africa

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