The African Business Review on yet another Jatropha project :
In Zambia, large quantities of Jatropha hedges exist, which the population has neglected over the years. Planting Jatropha for biodiesel production has become a viable business in Zimbabwe, with government and industry studies suggesting that biodiesel can potentially contribute 30 percent of Zimbabwe's fuel needs and create thousands of new jobs. It is no wonder that a similar initiative has been launched in Zambia. The Zambian Development Agency and MAN Ferrostaal AG of Germany signed an integrated biodiesel industry Memorandum (MoU) of Understanding in 2009. The MoU will facilitate the securing of finance and acquiring of 150,000 hectares of land for the project.This 150,000 hectares with the Germans is separate from a previous 2 million hectares request from China. Part of the 2 million is presumably linked to this. Not sure how much land is being provided through secretive memorandums, but for those trying to contextualise, Zambia has about 75m hectares, so the Chinese request was around 3% of the land mass. Much of the land of course is in rural areas, but with significant displacement effects. Make that what you will!