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FAO Report Examines Pro-Poor Growth Potential of Jatropha

July 26, 2010

Jatropha: A Smallholder Bioenergy Crop, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, July 2010              

From the report: The expectation that jatropha can substitute significantly for oil imports will remain unrealistic unless there is an improvement in the genetic potential of oil yields and in the production practices that can harness the improved potential. For the present, the main pro-poor potential of jatropha is within a strategy for the reclamation of degraded farmland along with local processing and utilization of the oil and by-products. In addition, by providing physical barriers, jatropha can control grazing and demarcate property boundaries while at the same time improving water retention and soil conditions. These attributes, added to the benefits of using a renewable fuel source, can contribute in an even larger way to protecting the environment.

Access the report here.

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  1. March 14, 2011 2:28 pm


    Great to hear about how jatropha helps poor farmers! I wondered if you could comment on this article about Jatropha Plantations for Bio Fuel?

    Here is my basic method for refining Crude Jatropha Oil (CJO) Any Comments on this method greatly appreciated!

    Warm Regards


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