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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Which factors changed the perception of the economic viability of Jatropha biodiesel as an alternative fuel?

By Loes van Rooijen Quote: “In less than a decade, jatropha was transformed from a promising and commercially viable biofuel crop into a green-policy parasite, living on subsidies and green investments.”  One of the aspects of biofuel development that was

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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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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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