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African jatropha boom raises concerns
Source : nytimes.com
Proponents of jatropha, the plant once heralded as the future of biofuels, are running into some hurdles. In a report leaked to The East African newspaper last week, Envirocare, an environmental and human rights organization, highlighted the impact of the jatropha trade in Tanzania — including concerns over the displacement of farmers, water consumption, and the substitution of food crops for biofuels. The Envirocare report was commissioned by the European-funded African Biodiversity Network, a network of organizations working to protect biodiversity in Africa. "Thousands of farmers in Tanzania could face eviction from their lands by multinational organizations promoting the cultivation of biofuels", said Abdallah Mkindi, Envirocare’s environmental officer. He said water was a particularly pressing issue.
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11 October 2009 |
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