Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Please say no to agrofuel investments which lead to hunger

Dear Friends,

The Swiss company Addax Bioenergy is planning to acquire up to 20,000 hectares of farmland in north-western Sierra Leone for sugar cane plantations and for an ethanol refinery, in order to meet the European demand for agrofuels.

Over two-thirds of Sierra Leone’s population live in absolute poverty and half the population suffers from hunger and malnutrition. Turning fertile farmland into ethanol plantations and using cassava, the country’s staple food, for ethanol, will worsen this situation.

Please write to the public-private development and investment funds to which Addax has appealed for funding and call on them not to invest in the project.

Please take part in this email alert today:

Many thanks.

Best regards,

Reinhard Behrend

Rainforest Rescue

Friedhofsweg 28

22337 Hamburg, Germany

Tel. +49- 40 – 4103804

Fax:+49- 40 - 4500144

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