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Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 1946; doi:10.3390/su9111946

Jatropha Suppliers as Contributors to the Sustainability of the Production of Bioelectricity in Ecuador

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Department Economics Applied to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Technical University of Madrid, Madrid 28040, Spain
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Energy Systems Analysis Unit, Energy Department, Centre for Research on Energy, Environment and Technology, Madrid 28040, Spain
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Received: 13 August 2017 / Revised: 21 October 2017 / Accepted: 22 October 2017 / Published: 26 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue How Retailers Could Contribute to Sustainable Development)
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The “Jatropha for Galápagos” (JFG) project in Ecuador aims to progressively replace diesel with jatropha oil in the generation of electricity in The Galápagos Islands. Thus, understanding and motivating the participation of jatropha suppliers is a priority for the sustainability of JFG. For this reason, the factors influencing their decision-making to participate in the project have been identified and analyzed using a binomial logit model. The results show that factors found to positively influence the likelihood of participation include, amongst others, the supplier’s experience within the project, their participation in local organizations, and the degree of satisfaction with the price of jatropha oil. In addition, children from producer families’ collaboration in the harvest of jatropha increases the overall likelihood of participation within the project. Similarly, the distance to the collection center positively influences the chances of participation. Conversely, those suppliers with higher wages and those who declared that jatropha harvest starts in April have a reduced likelihood of participating in the project. The findings obtained from this project can help decision-makers develop new measures to improve the sustainability of the project through initiatives to motivate the participation of jatropha suppliers in the program. View Full-Text
Keywords: suppliers; live fencings; jatropha; participation; logit; agroenergy suppliers; live fencings; jatropha; participation; logit; agroenergy
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Muñoz Mayorga, M.A.; Iglesias Martínez, E.; Caldés Gómez, N. Jatropha Suppliers as Contributors to the Sustainability of the Production of Bioelectricity in Ecuador. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1946.

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