Seed fuel war in Ghana

In Ghana, the anticipated positive local economic effects of the cultivation of biofuel stock have been counterbalanced by disputes between local farmers and largely foreign biofuel stock companies. Land has been sold to foreign investors without prior acknowledgement of local land tenure practices, proper institutional arrangements or adequate income compensation.

Ongoing conflict? no
Conflict type Land use conflicts
Resources agricultural products
Issues 2 social, 3 cultural, 4 ecological, 4 economical
Keywords jathropa, bioenergy, protest, Africa
Start date 2000
End date 2009
Reason(s) for conflict
Intensity public debate
What are the stakeholders' conflicting values or interests Local farmers livelihoods have been taken by government to develop bioenergy plantations in the country without any compensation.
Barriers for dialogue government wishes to increase income and profitability of the land, local people have lost a valuable livelihood
Forums for dialogue open and constructive dialog with finding a potential benefit to local people
Suggestions for conflict resolution / transformation