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Balancing Agro-Fuels and Food Security on the Tightrope Towards Sustainability

Eden Tafesework Geletu, Margherita Paola Poto


The demand for the utilization of agricultural resources for non-food purposes, such as feedstock, has been on the rise globally in recent times. This article seeks to examine the underlying reasons behind the boom in agricultural crops for biofuel feedstock. Cognizant of this peak in demand, the article aims to show how the right to adequate food is being restrained by large-scale land acquisition as well as conversion for agricultural crop production namely for the purpose of agro-fuels. In the first part, the rationale that has galvanized the demand for biofuels will be explored. In the second part, the restrictions posed on the right to food will be presented. Some concluding remarks complete the article.
Keywords: Biofuel; Agrofuel; Land acquisition; Agriculture; Small-scale farmers; Right to food; Green house gases.

Eden Tafesework Geletu (main author) is a PhD candidate in Law at the University of Turin in Italy. She has a background in Political Science, International Studies and Comparative Law. Margherita Paola Poto (corresponding author) is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the K.G. Jebsen Centre of the Law of the Sea, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. For correspondence: <mailto:margherita.poto@unito.it>.

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