As an Agronomy director for the British company D1 Plant science (now Quinvita), I was responsible for setting up or contracting Jatropha curcas test locations in Indonesia (Sumatra), Thailand (Nopkorn) , Malaysia (Mardi) and Philippines, with the objectives of starting seed orchards, selection trials and multiplication gardens. Further on I executed fact finding missions to China, Laos and Cambodia. and prospected possible Jatropha production area's in Australia and Brazil.
Being the Jatropha consultant for Eneco, a Dutch Energy producer, I recommended suitable area's and production methods for the cultivation of Jatropha curcas and the production of Jatropha oil in Tanzania. Due to a change in strategy Eneco abandoned this project, which was then turned into a feasibility study regarding the possibilities of growing Jatropha in a sustainable way with small scale growers (see next column).
Under co-ordination of Max Havelaar Netherlands, Fairtrade Labeling Organizations (FLO) is carrying out a feasibility study into the Fairtrade certification of Jatropha. This project is supported by the Global Sustainable Biomass Fund, a fund commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented by NL Agency. Other partners executing the study in the consortium with Max Havelaar and FLO are the development organization Interchurch Organization for Co-operation and Development (ICCO), the energy company Eneco and the Tanzanian farmers union Kagera Co-operative Union Ltd. (KCU) in Bukoba, Tanzania
March 3 2014