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Biofuels, land access and rural livelihoods in Mozambique
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In recent years, global demand for biofuels has increased as a result of changing oil prices coupled with concerns over energy security and climate change. In Mozambique, private investors have expressed growing interest in biofuel production. While this trend may create new livelihood opportunities, it may also undermine access to land and natural resources for rural people. This report documents how the spread of biofuels is affecting land access for poorer groups in Mozambique, and what actions are being taken, successfully and unsuccessfully, to secure land access for poorer groups. To the extent possible given the recent nature of the biofuels boom in Mozambique, the report also assesses the early impacts of a few biofuels projects. The report is based on a review of existing documentation, on multi-stakeholder interviews and on case studies of three biofuels projects. The aim is to feed into debates on biofuels both nationally and internationally.
Added on 9 September 2010
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