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| 6/3/2009 12:00:00 AM

Biofuels, an Alternative for Colombian Peasants

Jun 03 -- Colombia’s Caribbean region of Santa Marta has become a zone of hope for poor farmers who have become micro-businessmen by growing oil palm for use in biofuels

Leopoldo Blanco, a 52-year-old native of Soplador, is one of the 6,000 beneficiaries of the strategic alliances between large companies and palm growers in Colombia, the second-biggest Latin American producer of biofuels after Brazil.

Blanco, a peasant who never went to school, is the owner of 28 hectares (70 acres) of land where for the past five years he has grown oil palm, the fruit of which he sells to the CI El Roble firm, one of the six oil extraction plants operating in northern Colombia.
 
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