Experts call on Investors to use their Economic Muscle to Put Jatropha in the ground and secure the future of the Feedstock.

October 8, 2008

“Setting Up Successful Jatropha Projects”, our webcast, went live at 9am EST (USA), 3pm CET (Central Europe), 6.30pm IST (India), 9pm SST (Singapore) on 30 September, and attracted over 150 live listeners and contributors.

Presented in line with JATROPHAWORLD HAMBURG 2008, the webcast called on investors and the Jatropha community to use their economic muscle to put Jatropha in the ground and secure the future of the feedstock.

Speaking at the webcast were Dr. R. Rajagopal, author of the position paper “Best Practices for Long Term Jatropha Development” and Mr. Jamey Hadden, Director of Strategic Development at GreenEnergy Ltd, who has to date, been closely involved in over $20 million of successful placements (both private and public) for jatropha-specific ventures.

Dr. Raj and Mr. Hadden had a lively exchange on the sustainability criteria, Jatropha project management strategies, and the risks and barriers to Jatropha investments. They agreed during the course of their discussion that there isn’t enough Jatropha being cultivated to meet global demand for fuel; both felt that more needs to be done for the future success of Jatropha.

Mr. Hadden raised a valid point when he asked listeners “What are you willing to do to help us make this market?” while discussing the lack of secure supplies of Jatropha seeds and oil.

But it didn’t stop there. He challenged Biodiesel refiners seeking secure supplies of Jatropha oil to, “Go out there and buy some Jatropha right now, lock in a price, lock in your investment and lock in a supply that you will start experiencing in about 3-4 years, that quite frankly, you OWN.”

Dr. Raj however reminded listeners about the importance of cultivating Jatropha in a sustainable way, with an understanding of local conditions being the main contributing factor in developing the right sets of practices. He further clarified that there was no ONE method to grow Jatropha successfully, and any profit model or sustainability model needs to be developed at a local level.

Dr. Raj and Mr. Hadden then moved on to answer questions that had been pre-submitted by listeners from Asia, Europe, North & South America and Africa. There was even a live question and answer session, where participants called in & wrote in to contribute to a lively discussion on Jatropha!

To sum up, the webcast was exciting, fast paced, and many issues were raised and dissected by our experts Dr. Raj and Mr. Hadden. In a nutshell, these issues were:

  1. Developing Sustainability Criteria at a local level
  2. Securing Supply of Jatropha oil and seeds
  3. Jatropha’s frost tolerance
  4. A feasible Economic Model for Jatropha cultivation
  5. Jatropha’s Socio-Economic Impact
  6. Need for Jatropha community to meet and exchange ideas

If you missed the live webcast, not to worry. We anticipated that many of you would not have been able to tune in live due to time differences and busy schedules.

We currently have put up the recording of this exciting webcast, which looked at all of the above issues in brief, for you!

Please fill in your first name and email in the form below to access the recording of this webcast.


In the mean time, don’t forget to register for JATROPHAWORLD HAMBURG 2008, which is now the most important event for Jatropha in the world. With registered delegates from over 50 countries, almost everyone who has a vested interest in Jatropha is going to be at JATROPHAWORLD HAMBURG 2008.

As Mr. Hadden had mentioned in the webcast, “It behoves all of us to get together as often as we can to share our data and experiences, and I make it to every JatrophaWorld to keep my finger on the pulse of the industry.”

JATROPHAWORLD HAMBURG 2008 is happening on 20-22 October in Hamburg, GERMANY which is three weeks away. If you haven’t already confirmed your participation, you ought to do so immediately at

We look forward to meeting you in Hamburg in October.

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