What type of land has been targeted for jatropha cultivation in the Philippines?

By Denyse Snelder Quote: “The company claimed to have access to millions of hectares of land for potential jatropha cultivation in Africa and Asia. However, the remote locations of these marginal lands made the company’s claims difficult to verify.” Governments

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What was the link between Jatropha projects and rural poverty reduction in Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta Province?

By Gunawan Quote: “Jatropha became an icon for a hopeful technocratic narrative seeking to simultaneously address global concerns about climate change, fossil fuel depletion and rural poverty.” One of the claims made about the positive attributes of jatropha was that

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Why and how did farmers in Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta, participate in Jatropha projects?

By Gunawan Quote: “Subsequently, some farmers immediately began cultivating it, using seeds of wild jatropha from their gardens or those distributed (….) When farmers could not sell the jatropha fruit they harvested, cultivation eventually halted. Despite this disappointing experience, optimism

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How have policymakers used the concept of “marginal land” to legitimize target areas suitable for Jatropha and what effect did this have?

By Loes van Rooijen Quote: “In turn, process technology researchers used these extrapolations to create a narrative that made jatropha appear to be an attractive and environmentally friendly bioenergy crop for agro-ecological zones where the production of oil palm would

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What explains the non-implementation of Jatropha schemes?

By Jacqueline Vel Quote: “Typically, within a year or two, the jatropha project would be declared a failure – blaming local conditions and population – and the project developer would disappear, leaving shareholders with worthless shares and increasing farmers’ and

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What are the benefits of analyzing Jatropha activities as a commoditization process?

By Jacqueline Vel Quote: “Reflecting on this experience, this article concludes that future policies can be improved by (….) addressing difficulties in the commoditization process” In the research program JARAK, activities in the emerging jatropha sector have been studied as

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