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 greenhouse gas emissions.

There are, however, a number of uncertainties mounting that challenge this scenario. Using cutting-edge empirical case studies, 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.

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