Special Issue "The Global Jatropha Hype—Drivers and Consequences of the Boom and Bust of a Wonder Crop"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2014)
Dr. Aklilu Amsalu
Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Addis Ababa University, P.O. Box, 150223, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Interests: land use change and related conflicts; effects of agro-investments; land and water management; climate change impacts and adaptation
Prof. Dr. Annelies Zoomers
International Development Studies (IDS), Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, P.O. box 80115, 3508 TC Utrecht, The Netherlands
Interests: sustainable livelihoods; land policies and the impact of privatization, tourism and international migration
This special issue aims to collect case studies regarding the global Jatropha hype, which analyze in detail the boost and bust of this wonder crop in the context of different countries and under different business models. We will focus, in particular, on who created the hype (including the role of the media); the success of Jatropha producers in acquiring land (and how they managed to win against competing land claims); the characteristics of the investors and what they did do to promote their ideas and investment plans); as well as the consequences for local groups, national economies, and the environment.
To the extent that Jatropha production has indeed ‘boosted’ (and is now occupying considerable areas of land) there are basic questions that require scrutiny: what business models are used and what are current patterns of benefit sharing? In cases where investors have moved away from Jatropha, what were the reasons for this bust, and how was this framed? What happened to the land, and what kind of transformations have taken place instead (such inquiries have to account for the perspectives of local actors as well)? Looking at the Jatropha hype (or hypes regarding other wonder crops that, in the end, did not materialize), what can we learn? What enabled Jatropha to become so hyped? What narrative was behind the hype? What remains after the hype has gone, and how can new fads of the same ilk be prevented?
- What are the drivers behind the hype / what narratives?
- Who are/were the actors and who enabled these investments? How was this promoted? What power relations are behind all these investments?
- How much land was involved and how was this acquired?
- What business model and what type of benefit sharing was utilized?
- What has happened since the hype?
- What are the social and economic consequences of the boost/bust?
- What is the environmental impact?
- What are the future prospects for Jatropha?
- Abstract submission (250 words): 11 October 2013
- First draft: 15 December 2013
- Final draft: 1 February 2014
- Publication: Spring 2014
Dr. Aklilu Amsalu
Prof. Dr. Annelies Zoomers
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Article: The Effects of Biofuel Feedstock Production on Farmers’ Livelihoods in Ghana: The Case of Jatropha curcas
Sustainability 2014, 6(7), 4587-4607; doi:10.3390/su6074587
Received: 30 December 2013; in revised form: 5 June 2014 / Accepted: 9 July 2014 / Published: 22 July 2014| PDF Full-text (1163 KB)
Sustainability 2014, 6(7), 4355-4368; doi:10.3390/su6074355
Received: 20 March 2014; in revised form: 25 June 2014 / Accepted: 4 July 2014 / Published: 16 July 2014| PDF Full-text (716 KB)
Article: Riding the Hype: The Role of State-Owned Enterprise Elite Actors in the Promotion of Jatropha in Indonesia
Sustainability 2014, 6(6), 3780-3801; doi:10.3390/su6063780
Received: 16 December 2013; in revised form: 17 April 2014 / Accepted: 12 May 2014 / Published: 10 June 2014| PDF Full-text (643 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text | Supplementary Files
Sustainability 2014, 6(6), 3732-3746; doi:10.3390/su6063732
Received: 3 March 2014; in revised form: 5 May 2014 / Accepted: 19 May 2014 / Published: 10 June 2014| PDF Full-text (995 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Sustainability 2014, 6(6), 3615-3643; doi:10.3390/su6063615
Received: 3 February 2014; in revised form: 5 May 2014 / Accepted: 19 May 2014 / Published: 5 June 2014| PDF Full-text (705 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Communication: Opportunities and Constraints of Promoting New Tree Crops—Lessons Learned from Jatropha
Sustainability 2014, 6(6), 3213-3231; doi:10.3390/su6063213
Received: 16 December 2013; in revised form: 29 April 2014 / Accepted: 14 May 2014 / Published: 26 May 2014| PDF Full-text (251 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Sustainability 2014, 6(6), 3192-3212; doi:10.3390/su6063192
Received: 22 November 2013; in revised form: 25 February 2014 / Accepted: 13 May 2014 / Published: 26 May 2014| PDF Full-text (324 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Article: Trading in Discursive Commodities: Biofuel Brokers’ Roles in Perpetuating the Jatropha Hype in Indonesia
Sustainability 2014, 6(5), 2802-2821; doi:10.3390/su6052802
Received: 3 December 2013; in revised form: 24 April 2014 / Accepted: 25 April 2014 / Published: 13 May 2014| PDF Full-text (669 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Article: Putting a Spin on Jatropha: How Conservationist Rhetoric Drove Bedford Biofuels out of Tana Delta-Kenya
Sustainability 2014, 6(5), 2736-2754; doi:10.3390/su6052736
Received: 16 December 2013; in revised form: 25 March 2014 / Accepted: 16 April 2014 / Published: 8 May 2014| PDF Full-text (453 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Article: Pioneering in Marginal Fields: Jatropha for Carbon Credits and Restoring Degraded Land in Eastern Indonesia
Sustainability 2014, 6(4), 2223-2247; doi:10.3390/su6042223
Received: 5 December 2013; in revised form: 18 March 2014 / Accepted: 24 March 2014 / Published: 16 April 2014| PDF Full-text (754 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Sustainability 2014, 6(4), 1686-1704; doi:10.3390/su6041686
Received: 14 December 2013; in revised form: 16 March 2014 / Accepted: 24 March 2014 / Published: 2 April 2014| PDF Full-text (229 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
Last update: 26 September 2013