Jatropha’s Role in Africa’s Development. Growers, Researchers, Policy Makers; NGOs share perspectives at 2nd JatrophaWorld Africa!

July 20, 2009 | 2 Comments

Jatropha has been hailed as the feedstock for sustainable biodiesel production, over food crops like soy or rape. If managed right, Jatropha projects offer the chance to realize ‘triple-bottom line’ investments with social, environmental and economic returns.

The upcoming 2nd JatrophaWorld Africa conference zooms into optimizing the efficiencies and economics of Jatropha, and spotlight the rapidly growing Jatropha industry in Africa.

According to an article in Biofuels Innovator Jatropha has been cultivated in Africa several hundred years ago for the production of soap and as oil for lamps. The same article reports that in the 1980s to 1990s, development organizations recognized that Jatropha cultivation could provide a means for local communities to develop themselves, and the first commercial-scale projects were established about five years ago.

Today, significant investments in cultivating Jatropha as an energy crop are taking place throughout in Africa according to GEXSI’s Global Jatropha Market Study, but growth in Jatropha projects is not uniform across the continent.

  • In Northern Africa, the extreme arid climatic conditions have resulted in very few Jatropha projects situated in the region. However, several pilot projects irrigated with sewage water are being tested in Egypt.
  • In Western Africa, Jatropha has been traditionally cultivated in Mali & Cape Verde, where villages have depended on Jatropha oil for village energy supply. Large-scale Jatropha projects are being developed in Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon.
  • In East Africa, Tanzania and Ethiopia have the largest Jatropha cultivation projects. There is also emerging interest in growing Jatropha in Kenya and Uganda, with many small scale projects already established.
  • Southern Africa (including Madagascar) is where Africa’s biggest commercial Jatropha cultivation projects are currently under development. The largest acreage under cultivation currently exists in Madagascar, Zambia and Mozambique.

2nd JatrophaWorld Africa, part of the world’s largest Jatropha conference series, meets in Brussels on 14-15 October 2009 to discuss important issues and tackle challenges that the industry is currently facing, including land competition, food versus fuel, water usage and many more.

The conference also aims to convey the important message of Sustainable Jatropha Cultivation, and increase global interest in investing in Africa’s Jatropha sector.

Those keen on being a part of 2nd JatrophaWorld Africa as delegates can submit their registrations >>HERE<<. Those keen on media partnerships, exhibition space and / or sponsorship packages can submit enquiries and proposals >>HERE<< or contact Ms. Lee Lin at +65 6346 9146 or email her at leelin@cmtsp.com.sg.

We Share the True Picture of Jatropha Curcas at 2nd JatrophaWorld Americas in Miami.

July 16, 2009 | 1 Comment

At 2nd JatrophaWorld Americas on 3-4 December 2009 in Miami- FL, we drive home the message that Jatropha isn’t a Zero-Maintenance Miracle Crop or a One-Shot ‘Solution’, and provide a realistic view of the opportunities and challenges ahead for Jatro-Entrepreneurs.

So is jatropha a wonder crop that can provide a quick fix for the biodiesel industry and easy income for farmers? What are the key success factors of making Jatropha works?

2nd JatrophaWorld Americas analyzes the outlook of jatropha production and gives you the lowdown on the current scenario.

Most Jatropha cultivation in the region is concentrated in Central and South America, where the tropical climate and socio-economic conditions make it ideal for Jatropha cultivation. Many Jatropha projects in these regions are also tied to socio-economic development projects and pro-poor investment.

In the USA, Hawaii, California and Florida may be able to support jatropha farming, and there are reports that jatropha cultivation in Florida will increase significantly within the next five years.

In fact, the many jatro-prenuers who have already started growing jatropha in North and South America were among the 500 people who attended last year’s Jatropha World Americas in Miami.

The Jatropha industry however acknowledges that more research is needed to develop the crop for planting on a commercial scale.

Some of the key challenges faced include increasing the volume and consistency of oil yields, developing plants with more standard fruit maturation rates, mechanical harvesting techniques and the development of co-products to enhance the economic viability of the crop. For insights on how to utilize Jatropha biomass, >>CLICK HERE<<

Estimates of just how long it will take to develop these plant characteristics and co-products vary, but at 2nd Jatropha World Americas, you can get an update on the latest research into these key challenges from the world’s top Jatropha experts.

In fact, attending 2nd Jatropha World Americas will be an excellent opportunity for you to learn a lot much more about the characteristics of the Jatropha plant and what it needs. Our panel of experts will cut through the over-enthusiasm and hype over the Jatropha plant to present a more realistic picture of what Jatropha is truly capable of as a BioEnergy source!

Plans for the 2nd Jatropha World Americas are kicking into high gear! The conference gathers leading Jatro-Entrepreneurs from around the world, as well as biodiesel producers, investors, government officials and researchers in the region’s biggest Jatropha conference.

If you are keen on joining us as participants, media partners, exhibitors and / or sponsors you can submit your registrations, enquiries and proposals >>HERE<< or contact Ms. Lee Lin at +65 6346 9146 or email her at leelin@cmtsp.com.sg.