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UK firm's failed biofuel dream wrecks lives of Tanzania villagers

Author: Damian Carrington, Guardian [UK], Published on: 30 October 2011

A quarter of the village's land in Kisarawe district was acquired by a British biofuels company in 2008, with the promise of financial compensation, 700 jobs, water wells, improved schools, health clinics and roads. But the company has gone bust, leaving villagers not just jobless but landless as well. The same story is playing out across Africa, as foreign investors buy up land but leave some of the poorest people on Earth worse off when their plans fail...Sun Biofuels and two related companies went into administration...but their shares in a Tanzanian subsidiary – Sun Biofuels Tanzania, which did not go bust – were sold...Kenyan Alan Mayers as the new chief executive of Sun Biofuels Tanzania. Mayers said he could not comment on the previous owners' failure to provide wells and classrooms, but added: "We are looking into the matter and our community relations officer is in constant contact with the villages."...Mayers said all compensation for land...had been paid...[also refers to Bioshape, Sekab]

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