Jatropha: Money doesn't grow on trees

1 December 2010

The much-touted biofuel crop jatropha isneither a profitable nor a sustainable investment, according to this report. The report warns investors away from jatropha – a shrub being increasingly planted for its oil-producing fruits and ability to survive in arid conditions – stating growing evidence that the crop is failing to deliver on its promises while simultaneously failing to prevent climate change or contribute to pro-poor development.