Seed fuel war in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, 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 1 economical, 2 social, 3 cultural, 4 ecological
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 The livelihood are threaten by the government which intends to give and partly already gave a land to big bioeenrgy companies for growing energy crops
Barriers for dialogue different positions on the same issus. government seeks the way to increase the income from the land which is not in line with expectations of local people who are dependent on given land
Forums for dialogue open and constructive dialog
Suggestions for conflict resolution / transformation