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Sustainability 2014, 6(6), 3213-3231; doi:10.3390/su6063213

Opportunities and Constraints of Promoting New Tree Crops—Lessons Learned from Jatropha

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Institute for Environmental Management and Land Use Planning (IGEAT), Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt 50 CP 130/02, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
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World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), CGIAR, Dev Prakash Shastri Marg Pusa Campus, New Delhi 110012, India
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Division Forest, Nature and Landscape, KU Leuven - University of Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200 E - 2411, BE-3001 Leuven, Belgium
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Division of Bioeconomics, KU Leuven - University of Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200 E - 2411, BE-3001 Leuven, Belgium
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United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 00153 Roma, Italy
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Received: 16 December 2013 / Revised: 29 April 2014 / Accepted: 14 May 2014 / Published: 26 May 2014
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Abstract

It is not uncommon that new crops suddenly attract a lot and international attention from private and public actors based on their acclaimed potential to contribute to sustainable development. Such sharp increases in attention can lead to big investments and promotion campaigns to domesticate and commercialize these crops at industrial scale. However, in many cases the research of these plants is still in its infancy and investors generally lack sufficient insight into uncertainties and risks related to their investments, which consequently hold sustainability risks. View Full-Text
Keywords: Allanblackia; Argania spinosa; Artemisia annua; Azadirachta indica; Jatropha curcas; miracle crop; Moringa oleifera Allanblackia; Argania spinosa; Artemisia annua; Azadirachta indica; Jatropha curcas; miracle crop; Moringa oleifera
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Achten, W.M.J.; Sharma, N.; Muys, B.; Mathijs, E.; Vantomme, P. Opportunities and Constraints of Promoting New Tree Crops—Lessons Learned from Jatropha. Sustainability 2014, 6, 3213-3231.

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