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Posted on: 22-12-2013

Jatropha for local development, after the hype

On Wednesday 18 December, HIVOS  presented the  Book:  Jatropha for local development, after the hype. at an event with an expert discussion panel at Nieuwspoort in The Hague. Some 15 interested people came to hear Flemming Nielsen’s  excellent presentation of the book, written by him as main author with contributions of Krishna Raghavan, Jan de Jongh and Darrell Huffman.
Others participated in the discussion through Twitter.

You  can download the book from the Hivos website, at (size 2 Mb).


The book summarizes the experience of Jatropha production for smallholders. It is a state-of-the art publication that brings together insights from projects from all over the world. The main conclusion of the book is that Biofuel crops such as Jatropha can be profitable for small-scale producers if grown and managed properly; adding food crops during the initial years after planting Jatropha and even more so if the oil and pres-cake are processed into other products (e.g. biogas, fertiliser, bio-pesticedes, briquettes, medicine, soap) than exclusively for biofuel. Jatropha production is not a silver bullet solution for farmers in developing countries; but under the right agro-climatic conditions, where land is abundant and labour is cheap, it can provide additional cash income in an environmentally positive way, and help reduce greenhouse gases.  This is particularly applicable for Sub-Saharan Africa. 

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