Research & Publications: Hunger

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Shifting away from conventional biofuels: sustainable alternatives for the use of biomass in the UK transport sector

Land is a precious and finite resource. Great strain is being placed on land through the use of current generation biofuels.

By ActionAid
15/05/2013 309.02 KB

Fuelling Hunger

Amount of food crops burnt by richest nations as biofuels could feed half the world’s hungriest people.New data reveals that nearly nine billion litres of biofuels are used annually to fuel cars in the world’s wealthiest countries. This equates to the yearly amount of food needed to feed half of the world’s 870 million people who live in hunger.

By ActionAid
01/05/2013 272.54 KB pdf

A pocket guide: The truth about biofuels

Already reeling from food price rises and the global economic crisis, families and communities were increasingly having their land grabbed by companies growing crops to export to rich countries as fuel.

By ActionAid
15/01/2013 1.16 MB pdf

Alternatives to Biofuels

The UK could meet its 10% transport obligations under the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED) without the use of current land-based biofuels, or indeed any land-based crops or trees. This is partly due to new proposals for the RED that would incentivise the use of sustainable advanced generation biofuels from wastes and residues, the use of other ‘genuine wastes’ that would otherwise be disposed of, and electric vehicles from renewable sources.

By ActionAid UK
07/10/2012 167.72 KB pdf

Biofuelling the global food crisis: why the EU must act at the G20

EU biofuel mandates to 2020 will directly affect world prices of key agricultural commodities, according to a new report commissioned by ActionAid. While consumers around the world will see some increases in their food related expenditure, people living in developing countries will suffer the greatest impact.

By ActionAid
01/06/2012 386.36 KB pdf

Biofuelling Hunger: how the US corn ethanol policy drives up food prices in Mexico

Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Mexico City when the price of tortillas rose by 25% in late 2006. Mexico’s tortilla riots were the first to make international headlines as a global food crisis unfolded in 2007-8.

By ActionAid
18/05/2012 965.5 KB pdf

Fuel for Thought: Addressing the social impacts of EU biofuels policies

Fuel For Thought shows that increased demand for biofuels is set to push global food prices to crisis levels, with the EU’s biofuels policies alone set to push up prices by as high as 33% for oilseed, 22% for maize, 21% for sugar and 10% for wheat between now and 2020. Rather than being the sustainable answer to climate change that many people expected, there is a solid evidence base that biofuels contribute to extra greenhouse gas emissions instead of helping to reduce them.

By ActionAid
25/04/2012 730.33 KB pdf

Time to Face the Facts - Europe must revise its biofuels policies

Biofuels have been put forward as a way to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change. ActionAid believes they will not serve as the solution to either of these challenges. There is increasing evidence that the EU’s reliance on so-called first generation, industrial biofuels to meet its renewable energy targets is instead fuelling land grabs and causing global food price rises and volatility.

By ActionAid
17/01/2012 2.47 MB pdf

UK company grabs land from Tanzania’s poorest to grow biofuel crops

An ActionAid-led investigation into UK-registered Sun Biofuels has revealed that the company has taken 8,200 hectares of land from the poor people of Kisarawe in Tanzania to grow crops which will be turned into fuel and exported to rich western countries. This land grab has left thousands of Tanzanians even poorer and hungrier than they were before the company arrived.

By ActionAid
28/10/2011 86.29 KB pdf

On the brink - Who's prepared for a hunger and climate crisis

Accelerating climate change, growing population and rising food prices pose a triple crisis that could lead to a collapse in global food systems. This year’s famine in East Africa provided a terrible preview of how such crises could play out in years to come, with severe drought, conflict over access to water and land, and high food prices interacting to push 13 million people into starvation.

By ActionAid
27/10/2011 2.11 MB pdf