Africa: Race on Biofuels (online)

Mondiaal Nieuws (Belgium), 18/05/2010

> The article reveals that the area of Western-funded plantations for energy crops in Africa covers more than two million hectares. Investors in biofuels are assessing their business prospects in Africa, the future paradise for the green gold. Will the Africans also profit from it?  The key question is whether this energy opportunity for rich countries will also generate a development opportunity for local populations.  Both small investors and oil and agro-giants believe that energy crops will become more important in that new agreement. They slide with contacts and capital on the African chessboard, hoping for big profits. However, the energy agriculture today is already frequently accused of heralding a new colonization of Africa. Read the full story online or read the French version published in Le Vif l’Express

L’articolo “Corsa ai biocarburanti” rivela che l’area occupata dalle piantagioni finanziate dagli occidentali per le colture energetiche in Africa supera i due milioni di ettari è . Gli investitori in biocarburanti  stanno valutando le loro prospettive di business in Africa, il  futuro paradiso dell’oro verde. A trarne beneficio saranno anche gli africani ? La questione-chiave è se l’opportunità do approvviggionamento energetico dei paesi ricchi genererà anche un’opportunità di sviluppo per le popolazioni locali. Tuttavia, l’agro-energia  è già spesso accusata di inaugurare una nuova colonizzazione dell’Africa. Leggi la versione italiana pubblicata su il Sole 24 Ore.

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