The Seeds of Hope – Jatropha planting in Florida revives spirits of Florida farmers

July 20, 2008 | 2 Comments

Florida is one of the many places around the world where Jatropha is being viewed as the way forward for farmers plagued with falling agricultural yield and rising fuel costs.

In fact, the over “two busloads” of visitors to the Jatropha nursery in the Fox news clipping were part of the JatrophaWorld Miami 2008 site visit.

In fact, this site visit was so popular that it was oversubscribed.

Over 200 people had come forward to view the pioneers of Jatropha planting in Florida.

As Jatropha farmers were on hand to explain why this plant is saving them and their waning incomes, news-cameras were on site bearing witness to this exciting new Energy Crop that will play a key role in revolutionizing Biodiesel in the US and the rest of the world.

All the delegates who attended were glad to have had the opportunity to take their learning beyond the air-conditioned comfort of the conference room, and out into the actual field where they were able to see Jatropha planting first-hand.

We’re currently putting together a planting workshop to be held in Miami in early November, for everyone who is keen to start planting Jatropha.

Don’t forget to come back here & watch this space for more information!

Jatropha Position Paper Addresses Need for Comprehensive Biofuel Standards

July 10, 2008 | 3 Comments

Free access to “Best Practices for Long-term Jatropha Development”, the critical update to Dr. R. Rajagopal’s highly successful November 2007 position paper “Sustainable Biodiesel Feedstock: Jatropha: A Strategic Option”, is being offered. It emphasizes the need to develop sustainability criterion for Jatropha as it nears commercialization as a viable alternative energy source. Key points outlined in Dr. R. Rajagopal’s latest position paper will be addressed at the upcoming JatrophaWorld Hamburg 2008 conference scheduled for October 20 & 21, 2008.

Hamburg, July 10, 2008 – Access to Dr. R. Rajagopal’s latest position paper “Best Practices for Long-Term Jatropha Development” is being offered by free download. This instrumental paper establishes guidelines for developing sustainability standards for both small and large scale global Jatropha ventures. His November 2007 position paper “Sustainable Biodiesel Feedstock: Jatropha: A Strategic Option” downloaded by over 2000 individuals from around the world was the most discussed paper at the January 2008 JatrophaWorld Jakarta conference.

The upcoming October 2008 JatrophaWorld Hamburg conference will offer further insights and timely information into Jatropha as a sustainable biofuel.

As Jatropha seed oil moves closer to commercialization as a viable alternative energy source, it is imperative to have solid sustainability initiatives in place. Jatropha production and its use need comprehensive sustainability criteria just as other food crops, states Dr. R. Rajagopal of KnowGenix. “Besides, land resource management, water management and cultivation practices need better understanding in light of reported variations in Jatropha practices worldwide.”

In his latest position paper, Dr. R. Rajagopal addresses criterion necessary for Jatropha to be a sustainable biofuel. 

A few of the critical topics covered include:

  • The importance of having a detailed Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for different technological pathways and crop choices to determine GHG (green house gas) balance.
  • The need to focus on soil impacts, water usage, land use patterns, GHG balance, biodiversity loss and social dimensions to ensure Jatropha’s use as a sustainable biofuel feedstock.
  • The challenges inherent in mega Jatropha projects.
  • The importance of addressing key factors such as creating local value chains, leveraging carbon finance potential and reviewing the socio economic dynamics of a particular region before undertaking large scale Jatropha projects.

To ensure sustained use of natural resources, the development of biofuel needs to be carefully planned and managed, asserts Dr. R. Rajagopal. Future of mega BioEnergy initiatives will need an internationally acceptable sustainability criteria framework, It is imperative for all stakeholders to bring about a harmonisation of standards being proposed. This would entail addressing factors surrounding growing Jatropha such as agricultural land competition, biodiversity concerns, food versus fuel competition issues and scarce water resources.

Those wanting access to Dr. R. Rajagopal’s timely and informative position paper “Best Practices for Long-Term Jatropha Development” can visit http://www.futureenergyevents.com/jatrophapaper/ for a free download.

JatrophaWorld Hamburg 2008 conference scheduled for 20-21 of October will lend further insights into the sustainability of Jatropha as a viable alternative fuel. This crucial 2-day conference is the 3rd of its kind following on the heels of the well received and attended JatrophaWorld Jakarta and Miami, Florida, U.S. conferences held in January and June 2008 respectively, which attracted over 1000 participants from 55 countries. JatrophaWorld Hamburg will gather Jatropha investors, agronomists, venture capitalists, financiers, biodiesel producers, and government officials from all four corners of the globe to share about:

  • Guidelines to developing sustainable Jatropha projects
  • Jatropha-to-Energy Certification
  • Jatropha for Rural Development
  • Scaling up Rural Community Projects for Commercial Value
  • Jatropha for Rehabilitation of Degraded Lands

Expert panelists for the conference will include individuals from the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Copernicus Institute & Fact Foundation and top executives from The Global Exchange for Social Investment and Agroils.

To attend JatrophaWorld 2008 in Hamburg, visit http://www.futureenergyevents.com/jatropha/ to register. In conjunction to offering the latest developments and insights into Jatropha as an alternative energy source, the JatrophaWorld Hamburg 2008 conference will also afford those in attendance the opportunity to network with other international players in the Jatropha industry.

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