Beyond biofuels: jatropha’s multiple uses for farmers in East Africa

Ehrensperger, Albrecht; Bach, Simon; Lyimo, Reginald; Portner, Brigitte (2014). Beyond biofuels: jatropha’s multiple uses for farmers in East Africa (CDE Policy Brief 1). Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

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The jatropha plant produces seeds containing 25–40% oil by weight. This oil can be made into biodiesel. During the recent global fuel crisis, the price of crude oil peaked at over USD 130 per barrel. Jatropha attracted huge interest – it was touted as a wonder crop that could generate biodiesel oil on “marginal lands” in semi-arid areas. Its promise appeared especially great in East Africa. Today, however, jatropha’s value in East Africa appears to lie primarily in its multipurpose use by small-scale farmers, not in large-scale biofuel production.

Item Type:

Report (Report)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Ehrensperger, Albrecht and Portner, Brigitte

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

2296-8687

Series:

CDE Policy Brief

Publisher:

Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Projects:

[418] Bioenergy in Africa Official URL

Language:

English

Submitter:

Users 124 not found.

Date Deposited:

11 Sep 2014 16:56

Last Modified:

11 Sep 2017 14:46

Uncontrolled Keywords:

CDEPolicyBrief

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.50784

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/50784

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