Jatropha: from an iconic biofuel crop to a green-policy parasite (core article)

How did jatropha go from being a top policy priority to experiencing ‘an extraordinary collapse’? Within a decade, the widely promoted ‘miracle crop’ and renewable energy source that proponents claimed would address global concerns regarding climate change, fossil fuel prices and rural poverty proved unsuccessful, leaving failed harvests and abandoned investments.
Research in Indonesia shows that decision makers adopted optimistic projections derived from lab research as a basis for policy making, public budget allocations and private sector investments. Influential policy entrepreneurs and their narratives, rather than scientific evidence, informed budget allocation. More....


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