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In Mozambique, the debate on agrofuels has steadily advanced over the last five years, fueled by industry
speculation and demand, grand promises and foreign interests. Investors have applied for rights to close to 5
million hectares in Mozambique in 2007 alone, nearly one-seventh of the country’s officially defined
“arable” land and is rushing to create favorable conditions for investors at the cost of civil rights of
Mozambicans. A good example of this was clear with the World Bank funded National Policy and Strategy
for Biofuels that purposely blocked civil society participation, lacked transparency and was only made
publicly available once complete and approved by parliament.