WORLD BANK LAND GRAB REPORT COMMENT: BIOFUELS CAUSE LAND GRABS
Mariann Bassey added: “A clear cause of land grabs is the demand for biofuels. This demand is transforming our natural resources into fuel crops, taking away food-growing farmland, and creating conflicts with local people over land ownership. We are suffering just so that Europe and developed nations can fuel their cars and lorries.”
Last week Friends of the Earth released new research showing that the scale of land grabbing in Africa for biofuel production was underestimated and out of control. 
The research found evidence that 5 million hectares of land, an area the size of Denmark, across 11 African countries, is currently being acquired for biofuels.
Even more land will be required for biofuels if the European Union is to reach its target of 10% of transport fuels from renewable sources by 2020.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Mariann Bassey, Food and Agrofuels Program Manager Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria and Food and Agrofuels Coordinator Friends of the Earth Africa, Tel: +234 7034 495940, firstname.lastname@example.org
Robbie Blake, agrofuels campaigner, Friends of the Earth Europe, Tel: +32 2 893 1017, email@example.com
Sam Fleet, communications officer for Friends of the Earth Europe, Tel: +32 2893 1012, firstname.lastname@example.org
 The World Bank report “Rising Global Interest in Farmland” can be found on
The report Friends of the Earth Europe (2010, August). Africa: Up For Grabs is available here
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