Biofuel and aid: Sharp fronts over land and food as plantations expand
Sweden and Norway are providing assistance to Tanzania to establish a policy and regulatory framework for the burgeoning biofuel sector. The Swedish firm Sekab is among the companies looking to acquire land for extensive plantations.
Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda points to huge areas of unused land. But biofuel investors appear more interested in obtaining access to cultivated farmland. Critics warn of the risks to food security and biodiversity.