Food versus fuel: The case of the makeni community in Sierra Leone
2013 (English)In: Wit Transactions on Ecology and The Environment, ISSN 1743-3541, E-ISSN 1746-448X, Vol. 170, 37-48 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Food security can be defined in terms of availability, access, and use of food. The study assesses whether the measures taken by Addax Bioenergy in the Makeni community in Sierra Leone are effective and sufficient to ensure food security locally as well as regionally. Land and water availability, agricultural intensification and infrastructure, self-sufficiency/market dependency and alternative income options have been identified as the main factors affecting food security in the project area. The main measures employed by Addax involve the use of an 'environmental, social and health impact assessment' (ESHIA) to identify and propose measures to mitigate any impacts that would adversely affect the food security of the region. The results show that the proposed measures for mitigating negative impacts on food security are in some instances inappropriate and inadequate, leaving the affected communities exposed to risks and shocks of food insecurity. It is also found that the insufficiency of mitigation measures is a result of weak governance and lack of oversight that may leave the community at the mercy of Addax Bioenergy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 170, 37-48 p.
Addax biofuel project, Agriculture, Food security, Impact assessment, Land sufficiency, Local community, Sierra Leone, agricultural intensification, bioenergy, biofuel, environmental impact assessment, health impact, social impact assessment, Addax
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-134455DOI: 10.2495/FENV130041ISI: 000346259700004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84878023729OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-134455DiVA: diva2:677446
2nd International Conference on Food and Environment: The Quest for a Sustainable Future, FENV 2013, 22 April 2013 through 24 April 2013, Budapest
QC 201312092013-12-092013-11-252015-10-06Bibliographically approved