Tanzanian study calls for biofuel moratorium

A major new study funded by Sida and written by academics from three Tanzanian universities warns of the far-reaching impacts on land and water of large-scale biofuel plantations in Tanzania.

Plantations are likely to lead to impoverishment of the poor who sell their land cheap to unscrupulous investors. The high water demand of crops like sugar cane is likely to have serious implications for river flows.

The report calls for a moratorium on biofuel projects until a new legal and policy framework is in place.

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