Biofuels for a Greener Economy? Insights from Jatropha Production in Northeastern Ethiopia

Portner, Brigitte; Ehrensperger, Albrecht; Nezir, Zufan; Breu, Thomas Michael; Hurni, Hans (2014). Biofuels for a Greener Economy? Insights from Jatropha Production in Northeastern Ethiopia. Sustainability, 6(9), pp. 6188-6202. MDPI 10.3390/su6096188

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Many observers view Jatropha as a miracle plant that grows in harsh environments, halts land degradation and provides seeds for fuel production. This makes it particularly attractive for use in Ethiopia, where poverty levels are high and the degradation of agricultural land is widespread. In this article, we investigate the potentials and limitations of a government-initiated Jatropha project for smallholders in northeastern Ethiopia from a green economy perspective. Data are based on a 2009 household survey and interviews with key informants, as well as on a 2012 follow-up round of interviews with key informants. We conclude that the project has not contributed to a greener economy so far, but has the potential to do so in the future. To maximize Jatropha’s potential, interventions must focus mainly on smallholders and pay more attention to the entire biofuel value chain.

Item Type: Journal Article (Original Article)
Division/Institute: 08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Sustainable Land Management
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > NCCR North-South Management Centre (discontinued)
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
UniBE Contributor: Portner, Brigitte; Ehrensperger, Albrecht; Breu, Thomas Michael and Hurni, Hans
Subjects: 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
ISSN: 2071-1050
Publisher: MDPI
Projects: [418] Bioenergy in Africa Official URL
Language: English
Submitter: Monika Wälti
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2014 15:31
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2015 14:58
Publisher DOI: 10.3390/su6096188
BORIS DOI: 10.7892/boris.59624

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