Bedford jatropha project in Kenya

The conflict is centered around a proposed 65 000 ha plantation of Jatropha curcas for biodiesel by Canadian company Bedford

Ongoing conflict? yes
Conflict type Land use conflicts
Resources solid wood
Issues 1 social, 2 economical, 3 ecological, 4 cultural
Keywords jatropha, bioenergy, conflict, Kenya
Start date 2012
End date
Reason(s) for conflict
Intensity public debate
What are the stakeholders' conflicting values or interests Bedford biofuels stand for profit making, production of commodity, job creation, poverty reduction, local development. Local leaders: creations of jobs, economic acticity, infrastructure. ENGOs for biodiversity protection, defending communities rights, increasing visibility and fund raising. Local farmers and people against project: safeguard availability of land for their uses
Barriers for dialogue different views on development and sustainability, project impacts and acceptable trade-offs, differences over ethical issues (representativeness, power relations and land tenure), weakness of regulatory framework,use of ethnicity as a dividing line in politics.
Forums for dialogue Willingness from both Bedford and Nature Kenya to address the needs and wishes of local residents, willingness from all stakeholders to accept some trade-offs between environmental and economic impacts.
Suggestions for conflict resolution / transformation Roundtable discussion and joint dialogue