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Jatropha – a bioenergy crop for the poor

| August 11, 2010

In Italy, a new report published by FAO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) argues that using the energy crop jatropha for biodiesel production could benefit poor farmers, particularly in semi-arid and remote areas of developing countries.

However the report asserts that jatropha is still essentially a wild plant sorely in need of crop improvement and expecting jatropha to substitute significantly for oil imports in developing countries is unrealistic.

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