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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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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Is Jatropha a miracle crop producing high yields on marginal lands?

By Maja Slingerland, Juliana Tjeuw, Sony Suharsono and Rully Dyah Purwati Quote: “Prior to 2007, Jatropha curcas Linn. was promoted as a miracle crop capable of producing biofuel from marginal and degraded lands.” Plant growth can be understood based on

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What role have NGOs played in the promotion of Jatropha?

By Loes van Rooijen Quote: “Fieldwork also indicates that researchers, government officials, NGOs and broker companies, rather than farmers or plantation companies, have been the main actors in such projects.” In Indonesia, not everything was decided between state companies and

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Have Jatropha investments in Mozambique experienced a similar pattern to those in Indonesia?

By Maja Slingerland Quote: “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.”

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