This paper examines the politics of large-scale commercial biofuels production and mega-land-water deals, with special reference to the dynamics of changes in land/water use and property rights and how these impact on the lives and livelihoods of the socio-economically marginalised rural sectors in the countryside. The main argument is that the assumption about existing, available marginal lands is fundamentally flawed. It is demonstrated by examining the ProCana sugar cane ethanol plantation in Gaza province in Mozambique.
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This journal paper of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, Ames, Iowa, Project No. 6587, was supported by the Hatch Act and State of Iowa funds, and was partially funded by award No. 2002-35205-1156 of the National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program of the USDA.