Biofuel potential and land availability: The case of Rufiji District, Tanzania
2014 (English)In: Journal of Ecology and the Natural Environment, ISSN 2006-9847, E-ISSN 2006-9847, Vol. 6, no 11, 389-397 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Africa’s attractiveness to potential biofuel investors is based on the assumption that there is plenty of unused land available for investment in different countries of the continent. However, their postulations are not based on any concrete studies about land availability at country, regional or local level. This study investigates land availability for potential biofuel investment at the local level, using Rufiji district in Tanzania as a case study. We have analyzed different land cover/land use types and separated them into areas of potential biofuel investment and areas where biofuel investment is not possible by a process of elimination. The results suggest that land availability is inadequate to meet the needs of biofuel investors. The land assumed to be unused or underutilized by biofuel investors is either part of the fallow system or used to harvest natural resources and for other traditional uses. Expropriating the assumed idle land will adversely impact on the livelihoods of the local communities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 6, no 11, 389-397 p.
Biofuel investment, Land available, Rufiji District
Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
Research subject Physical Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114177OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-114177DiVA: diva2:790192
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