The collapse of a British biofuels company has left the residents of Mhaga village in Tanzania jobless and landless.
A quarter of the village’s land in Kisarawe district was acquired by Sun Biofuels in 2008, with the promise of financial compensation, 700 jobs, water wells, improved schools, health clinics and roads. But the company has gone bust. The same story is playing out across Africa, as foreign investors buy up land but leave the people worse off when their plans fail. The biofuel targets set by the UK government have been blamed.