ICRISAT’s Call to Jatropha Sector: Integrate Jatropha Farming and Poverty Alleviation In World’s Poorest Regions

January 29, 2009 | 2 Comments

What does it mean to be pro-poor in the context of developing jatropha? A term constantly bandied around, it is fast becoming the catch cry of the sector which is implementing planting projects in some of the poorest regions in the world.

This question was explored by Dr. Suhas P Wani, Principal Scientist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) during the JatrophaWorld Hamburg summit last year in October.

Dr. Wani’s clear-cut analysis of concepts like “pro-poor” and “smart biofuels” gave him an excellent rating from participants at JatrophaWorld Hamburg 2008.

Dr. Wani proposed an “Integrated Genetics Natural Resources Approach”— a holistic livelihood approach where he called on Jatropha project developers to do develop a program that “embraces sustainable agriculture, knowledge sharing with out growers, and addressing issues of social inclusion, equity and gender at the grassroots.”

In his presentation, Dr. Wani complimented Jatropha as a ‘smart biofuel crop’ which had the ability to rehabilitate degraded land, but called on project developers ensure that  Jatropha projects do not threaten food security on the ground.

He also touched on other key issues including:

  • Suitable agronomic practices
  • Development of improved cultivars
  • Water requirement
  • Institutional arrangements for increased productivity

Find out more about how you can pay it forward with your Jatropha project with sustainable agricultural practices, and by involving local communities.

We’re giving free access to the recording of Dr. Wani’s insightful presentation below. Do let us know your feedback by leaving a comment below.

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2009’s Rallying Cry? “It’s A Good Year for Jatropha Investments.”

January 22, 2009 | 2 Comments

Abundant Biofuels Corporation CEO Dr. Charles Fishel explains the whys and hows in Episode 3 of the Jatrophaworld Interview Series. In Episode 2 of the Jatropha interview Series, Mr. Eduardo Bundyra, CEO of Biotins Energia made the bold proclamation that 2009 was a good year to go into Jatropha.

And he’s not alone in saying this.

Dr. Charles Fishel, CEO of Abundant Biofuels Corporation, one of the most entrenched and experienced Jatropha players in the sector seconded this view.

During Episode 3 of the Jatropha Interview Series, Dr. Fishel, over the phone from California, offered his message of hope for the Jatropha sector, “We should push forward as hard as we can right now! Now is a good time to invest in Jatropha!

Warming to the subject, Dr. Fishel went on to add, “It’s going to take one to two years for the Jatropha to be productive, and your project will mature at about the same time economists predict the economy will start to recovery. And that could make a really exciting investment for one thinking about an IPO, an acquisition or a merger with one of the major oil companies or other interested green companies.”

Dr. Fishel also emphasized the need to practice sustainable Jatropha cultivation, and avoid ‘land grabbing’ and exploitation to grow jatropha, in compliance with the twelve standards lay out by the sustainable biofuels alliance.

Don’t miss out on the most exciting and informative episode yet, click here to access Episode 3: Making Sustainable Jatropha Cultivation WORK.

And if you haven’t confirmed your participation at JatrophaWorld Asia 2009, then do so now by clicking here.

As Dr. Fishel said, 2009 is not the year to be “shy” with your investment in Jatropha.

JatrophaWorld Asia 2009 is the only conference in the world dedicated to mapping all the opportunities in the sector for growth.

We look forward to meeting you in Kuala Lumpur in February!

Jatoil Chairman, Dr. Mike Taverner Addresses the Jatropha Sector’s Most Critical Questions and Issues with Honesty and Realism at Jatropha Webinar.

January 22, 2009 | 2 Comments

For Immediate Access to Webinar Recording, Read On!

Our webinar, “Will the Jatropha Sector Sustain Itself in Volatile Times” went live on January 20th to address the impact of financial crisis on Jatropha sector, as well as issues of sustainability and building a profitable Jatropha business model.

Dr. Mike Taverner, Founder and Executive Chairman of Jatoil Ltd, opened up to share his realistic projections and honest views on oil price uncertainties, maintaining investor interest through the global economic uncertainty, the need for sustainable practices in Jatropha cultivation, and his projections for 2009 and the upcoming years.

He said, “While the capital markets remain tight, only the very best businesses will survive. Management of cash flow is going to be critical,” providing a frank overview of the challenge ahead for Jatropha businesses.
Despite the current gloom and doom, he remained optimistic and offered his solution to facing the uncertainties ahead. He said, “This shake up is a good thing, and we’ll end up with a more robust industry at the end of it. The challenge for us will be to continue accessing development funds and strategic partnerships to develop sustainable supply chains.”

Dr. Taverner lent his methodological approach to some of the key issues that are creating uncertainties in the Jatropha sector including:

– Jatropha & Biofuels Industry projections for 2009.
– Oil price volatilities & its impact on Jatropha.
– How to maintain investor interest amidst global recession.
– Transforming your Jatropha project idea into a profitable business.
– Adopting sustainable agricultural practices for long-term success.
– Strategizing to make Jatropha projects carbon neutral.

The session was a great success, with over 200 Jatropha project developers and top company executives from all over the world tuning in to hear from Dr. Taverner!

Were you were unable to tune in for the session on 20 Jan? We know how busy it can get, and how hard it can be to dedicate an ENTIRE hour of your precious time for a webinar.

We also know how valuable and important some of the insights shared by Dr. Mike Taverner at this webinar are and that’s why we’re giving you privileged access to the webinar recording that you can download and listen to at your own time.

Don’t miss out on this informative webinar recording, which got rave reviews from participants for being “an excellent webinar,” “lucid and clear-cut” and even “an inspirational session.”

==> Click here to download the webinar recording with Dr. Mike Taverner

We would love to get your feedback about this webinar. Please feel free to leave your comments below.

Is 2009 Good for Jatropha Investments?

January 22, 2009 | 2 Comments

The CEO Says YES. Eduardo Bundyra, CEO of Biotins Energia shares his thoughts on upcoming opportunities in Jatropha. According to Eduardo Bundyra, 2009 is a good year to start a Jatropha Project. Sharing his thoughts at Episode 2 of the Jatropha Interview Series, Eduardo Bundyra, a panelist at the Practitioners and Production Model Roundtable at Jatropha World Asia 2009 shared his optimism for the Jatropha sector.

He said, “A lot of the unknowns about Jatropha have been tackled, and we have a much better understanding of the ‘real’ raw material and labor requirements,  as well as how to tackle some of the risks.” Mr. Bundyra is CEO of Brazil’s Biotins Energia, one of the leading players in Brazil’s Jatropha sector, working closely with Saudi Bras, and the Brazilian Association of Jatropha Producers (ABPPM) to develop of the Jatropha sector in Brazil and expand their Jatropha cultivation to 12,000 Ha in the next two to three years.

As someone with a vested interest in the growth of the Jatropha sector, Mr. Bundyra was in an excellent position to discuss the future direction of the industry from a more holistic perspective, looking at issues from the eyes of a project developer and an investor.

Don’t loose sight of the bigger picture. Tune in to listen to Mr. Bundyra’s insights on:

  • Why Brazil? Emerging Role of Brazil in Jatropha sector.
  • Will Jatropha overtake Sugarcane as main Biofuel Crop in Brazil?
  • Finding a balance between Profit and Sustainable Jatropha cultivation.
  • Small-scale vs. Large-scale cultivation- developing an ideal business model.
  • Assessing risk for new Jatropha projects.

Click here to REGISTER TODAY for the Jatropha Interview Series at NO COST, and get IMMEDIATE ACCESS to Episode 2-Emerging Opportunities in the Jatropha sector.

Watch your inbox for our updates on future episodes, video presentations, as well as webinars for you to pose your questions to key Jatropha experts.

And don’t forget to confirm your participation at JatrophaWorld Asia 2009, which is less than a month away! Visit http://www.futureenergyevents.com/jatropha/attend/ NOW to register. We look forward to meeting you in beautiful Kuala Lumpur on 16-17 February 2009 for JatrophaWorld Asia 2009.

Jatropha Sector Reality Check: Still Viable In Volatile Times? Upcoming Webcast Shares Latest Insights

January 15, 2009 | 1 Comment

In this time of global economic uncertainty, a top question of Jatropha developers is, “What impact will the current economic crisis have on the Jatropha sector and its prominence as a viable, sustainable biofuel?” To address this critical concern and more, a free 20 January webinar has been scheduled. As a precursor to Jatropha World Asia 2009, this not-to-be-missed webcast will lend crucial answers to hard-hitting inquiries by Jatropha investors.

Kuala Lumpur, January 16, 2009 – In line with Jatropha World Asia 2009, a free webcast “Will the Jatropha Sector Sustain Itself in Volatile Times?” is scheduled. It will broadcast live 20 January 9AM GMT, 2:30PM India, 4:00PM Bangkok, 5:00PM Kuala Lumpur and 8:00PM Australian Central Time. This timely webcast will provide a platform for key industry experts to field Jatropha entrepreneurs’ questions concerning the effect today’s uncertain economy will have on their investments and the industry as a whole.

As Jatropha takes huge strides toward commercialization as a sustainable, clean burning biofuel, it is more important than ever that those with an interest in Jatropha curcas stay abreast of the effect today’s unstable global economy has on the Jatropha sector.

Dr. Mike Taverner, Executive Chairman of Jatoil Ltd. will chair the upcoming webinar. Utilizing 20 years of professional expertise in agriculture, corporate governance, research and development, and training to develop a highly successful Jatropha business model, Dr. Taverner is ideally suited to answer pressing industry and investment questions by Jatropha entrepreneurs.

During the webcast, a few topics on the agenda for discussion and debate include:

• Jatropha and Biofuel Industry projections for 2009
• Oil price volatilities’ impact on Jatropha
• The best agricultural practices for long-term success in Jatropha plantation management
• How to maintain investor interest during today’s global recession
• How to transform a Jatropha project idea into a profitable business
• Strategizing to create carbon neutral Jatropha projects

In light of recent economic and Jatropha developments, Dr. Taverner commented on both the challenges and rewards expected for those vested in the industry.

He stated, “We are heading into hard times where only the best businesses will survive and management of cash flow will be key while the capital markets remain tight – the challenge will continue to be accessing development funds and strategic partners to develop sustainable supply chains.”

Dr. Taverner further purported that investors should expect to see results soon as, “the market will be encouraged by recent very positive coverage for Jatropha with airline test flights where the technical attributes/credential of Jatropha oil as feedstock for jet fuel have been described.”

Those wanting to participate in the 20 January webcast need to visit http://www.futureenergyevents.com/jatropha/jan20webcast/ to register. The free webinar will offer a platform to have critical questions addressed and doubts clarified by key Jatropha decision makers.

The “Will the Jatropha Sector Sustain Itself in Volatile Times?” webinar is just a small sampling of the timely insights and critical information anticipated at the 16-17 February Jatropha World Asia 2009 conference in Kuala Lumpur.

Following on the heels of the well received and successful Jatropha World 2008 conference series held in Jakarta, Miami, Fl., and Hamburg respectively, this 2-day symposium is shaping up to be one of the most important biodiesel conferences of 2009.

Assembling under one roof, an authoritative panel of keynote speakers in every facet of the Jatropha biofuel industry, Jatropha World Asia 2009 will be “THE” one-stop venue to acquire up-to-the-minute information on the technical, financial, environmental, and regulatory issues affecting Jatropha seeds and oil development across the globe.

To secure a seat at this not-to-be-missed symposium, visit http://www.futureenergyevents.com/jatropha/attend/ to register.

About Jatropha World Asia 2009
Jatropha World Asia 2009 brings industry experts and leaders together to collaborate and share relevant emerging strategies that will guide, inspire and assist key Jatropha sector influencers with critical gap analysis; risk evaluations; trend and opportunity identifications in support of commercialization and growth of Jatropha in Asia and around the world. Jatropha World Asia is organized by the Centre for Management Technology, whose mission focuses on providing access to the latest technology and business intelligence through high profile alternative energy conferences.


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The Biomass World Asia 2009 Interview – A Tell-ALL Discussion with Mr. Ricky Tagar Risnauli, CDM Consultant at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities

January 12, 2009 | 2 Comments

We are happy to announce “Maximizing Returns from Biomass Projects” the exclusive Biomass World Asia 2009 Interview, which provides the “inside story” on the cutting edge of developments in the Biomass Conversion solution.

Ricky Tagar “Maximising Returns from Biomass Projects” features on-the-ball insights from Mr. Ricky Tagar Risnauli, CDM Consultant and Clean Energy Finance Committee member at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities.

One of the world’s leading consulting firms, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities’ Clean Energy Finance Committee actively promotes and advises on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI) projects.

Why should you listen to Mr. Ricky Tagar Risnauli ?

Mr. Ricky Tagar Risnauli is part of the award-winning team that has developed high quality projects that have met the stringent requirements of the CDM executive board and Methodology Panel in over five categories including grid-connected biomass power generation, and Biomass power generation from a dedicated energy plantation.

With his experience in consulting for key biomass projects in Asia, Ricky has a vested interest in the growth of the sector, and is in an excellent position to discuss the future direction of the industry.

In the course of our discussion, Ricky touched on:

  • Future direction of the Biomass Conversion sector in 2009.
  • Impact of global economic slowdown and crude oil volatilities.
  • Is Biomass Conversion going to take off in Asia?
  • How to measure the carbon neutrality of Biomass projects.
  • Aligning Biomass projects for CDM and CERs.
  • Improvements needed in the Biomass value chain…

… Plus Many More

Why should you get a copy of “Maximizing Returns from Biomass Projects” ?

Because, we’re giving you exclusive access the “Maximizing Returns from Biomass Projects” interview at NO COST! Just CLICK HERE to get instant access to the recording!

Now that you’ve heard the preview, obtain the rest of presentations that will be delivered in BiomassWorld 2009, by confirming your participation at the event to be held on 9-10 February 2009 in Jakarta Indonesia.

Seats are filling fast, so Register NOW at http://www.futureenergyevents.com/biomass/attend/register-for-biomass-world/ to confirm your participation at Asia’s most important Biomass networking and idea exchange platform.