Tighter EU rules on biofuel production are failing to protect the land rights of Indonesia's indigenous communities.
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Today is World Food Day, but there is not much to celebrate, as the European Union process on biofuels threatens to be stalled. As civil society organizations and social movements try to defend the interests of people pushed into hunger, governments ignore their recommendations on biofuels, refusing to accept the links between biofuels production, food price spikes and land grabbing which is putting in peril the right to food of many communities in developing countries. Last week, during the 40th session of the Committee on World Food Security in Rome, governments acknowledged that biofuels crops compete with food crops but did not recommend any action to stop this, and currently the Lithuanian Presidency of the European Council is trying to weaken limits on using food for fuel.
Open Letter: The Committee on World Food Security must not allow itself to be captured by biofuels interest groups
The 40th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), which will meet from 7th to 11th October, will be discussing recommendations on “Biofuels and Food Security”. This should be an important opportunity for the CFS to respond to the overwhelming evidence that the artificial demand for biofuels is undermining the right to food, causing significant increases in food insecurity, malnutrition1, and land-grabbing. The fast-growing demand for biofuels is largely the result of direct and indirect subsidies, including mandatory blending quotas and targets, especially in the EU and the Americas.
EU biofuels policy comes at an unacceptably high economic, social and environmental cost – time to fix a failed policy, Civil Society open letter to EU policy-makers, 18 June 2013
EU Biofuels policy is failing. Civil society letter and Advert in the Parliament Magazine, 10 June 2013
Biofuels and Food Security: CIDSE Inputs on the zero-draft of the HLPE Study, January 2013
CIDSE partner Rahmawati Retno Winarni of Indonesian Sawit Watch about the negative impacts of palm oil production in her country.
Stricter EU rules on biofuels must foster food security, not European industry interests, says CIDSE
EU biofuels: Palm oil boom harms indigenous people, Indonesian expert warns policy makers at the EU Dev Days
Indonesia produces 44% of palm oil worldwide. Rahmawati Retno Winarni of SAWIT Watch explains the negative impacts of the palm oil boom in her country.