Foreign companies have invested about US$710 million in Mozambique to produce 440 million litres of ethanol a year from sugar cane. The government has also set aside 48,000 hectares for sugar cane production across six provinces in the country. It is estimated that the projects would generate between 7,000 and 10,000 jobs. Mozambique has approved biofuel projects using ethanol as the primary source since 2007.