Biofuel by Decree

Unmasking Burma's bio-energy fiasco
Ethnic Community Development Forum
2008

In December 2005, Burma´s Senior General Than Shwe ordered the start of a nation-wide- campaign to plant the toxic bush-like tree, Jatropha curcas, for biodiesel production. The country was to plant eight million acres, or an area the size of Belgium, within three years. Two years on, this report documents how Burma´s people have endured forced labor, confiscation of farmlands, loss of income and threats to food security under the program. At the same time, testimonies of crop failure and mismanagement from all of Burma´s states expose the campaign as a fiasco.