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  • A village in Burkina Faso. Land investment in Africa is growing driven by rises in global food prices, companies who see market opportunities in biofuels, and overseas countries anxious to secure their food supplies through direct investment. Photo: Tex

    ‘Land grabbing’ in Africa: Biofuels are not off the hook

    A new report claims that European demand for biofuels is not to blame for land acquisitions in poorer countries. But evidence suggests that the issue is more complex than the biofuels industry would like us to believe.

    16 October 2013 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • A girl studies under the light of a rechargeable solar lamp

    Improving people’s access to sustainable energy

    1.3 billion people have no electricity and 2.7 billion people do not have clean and safe access to energy for cooking. This means that around 40% of the world’s population breathe in toxic smoke created when burning charcoal, wood, coal or animal waste to cook their food.

    26 October 2012 | Project | Energy
  • BBC African land grabs debate

    Land acquisitions in Africa have often been portrayed as a development opportunity or as land grabbing.

    28 February 2012 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Biomass: boon or bane?

    A new IIED briefing paper asks some hard questions about biomass investments and warns that rising demand for renewable energy sources could drive land grabs.

    31 August 2011 | Blog | Energy
  • How to scale up sustainable energy: answers from the Ashden Awards

    All sorts of sustainable energy initiatives across the world are providing solutions to local energy problems. But how can these be scaled up to reach billions of people and really tackle the big issues of climate change and energy access for all? This was the question on everyone’s lips at the Ashden Awards conference last week. And there was a lot to learn from the five international finalists. In a series of films, presentations and discussions each finalist shared their experience of creating new technologies, innovative business models and inspirational marketing initiatives to find solutions that benefit the environment and improve livelihoods. And, despite working against a backdrop of financial limitations and unsupportive policy environments, they are all managing to scale up at a fantastic rate.

    21 June 2011 | Blog | Energy
  • Can the forest biomass boom be made sustainable?

    IIED is supporting the 2nd Annual Forestry, Biomass & Sustainability conference, which will explore the changing role of forestry in the search for greener economies that reduce carbon emissions.

    3 May 2011 | News | Forests
  • Biofuels: Africa focus

    IIED produced a series of reports addressing various potential threats and opportunities from biofuels expansion in Africa

    5 May 2010 | Project | Energy
  • Farming, financial storms — and keeping a weather eye on volatility

    Farming is usually seen as dicing with nature. So how has agriculture managed to weather the financial storms of the last year so well?

    12 January 2010 | Blog | Food and agriculture
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