Promotion of economic development for micro- and small agricultural enterprises, involved in the cultivation of drought resilient crop, by creating new market opportunities for drought resilient crop domestically as well as internationally;
The cultivation of oleaginous drought resilient crop, such as Jatropha, gives local communities direct access to an affordable renewable energy source by processing the lipid rich seeds of Jatropha into bio-diesel derived from a carbon sink.
Our technology deploys directly as well as indirectly, over the whole value chain, employment opportunities. Regarding the economic development of low-income rural areas our refining technology can create a value sufficient to employ 1 low-income worker for every 2 tons of seeds we process. For example, processing 10.000 tons per year there is the potential to create up to 5.000 rural jobs.
Our Zero-Waste Green refining technology ensures responsible consumption and production with a focus to avoid any losses, in the broad sense taken, over our value chain from cultivation towards industrial applications derived from drought resilient crops.
Drought resilient oleaginous crops have the potential to:
(1) be applied as non-food bio-based industrial applications leading to; (2) increased demand for drought resilient oleaginous crop allowing for faster landscape restoration of degraded landscapes that have an impact on; (3) micro- and macro climates in cooling down regional temperatures;
The specific focus on drought resilient crops can help in overcoming the challenges related to desertification and restoration of degraded land;
By developing our value chain to a mature state we also aim to address Sustainability Development goals:
The cultivation of drought resilient crop, capable to sustain under marginal circumstances, can lead to faster regeneration of, what once before was marked as degraded landscapes, agricultural potential. The benefits of this regeneration process allows the local community to use the regenerated soil for food/feed purposes suiting their self-sufficiency requirements.
The restored landscapes allow local communities to have direct access to plant based medicinal resources, e.g. derived from Jatropha itself.
Increased income, due to higher added value of drought resilient crop through our refining technology, increases access to education.
Women in rural areas are most of the time responsible for securing energy and water for their households and are also performing in agricultural activities. The flourishing of our value chain can enhance their economic self-sufficiency and independence.
Upon application of Sustainable Land Management methods drought resilient crop, i.e. an evergreen cover crop, can alter micro-climates benefitting capturing and storing water precipitation leading to increased water infiltration into the landscape, water quality, and water availability.
Our technology resembles the promotion of inclusive and sustainable industrialisation for, in particular, regions that are present in least developed countries
As degraded landscapes and near savannah areas are given a productive agriculturally boost, income growth is realised and progressively achieved in rural areas where the majority of the bottom 40% of the population is situated.
Drought resilient crop lead to resilient rural areas and communities on which the urban and peri-urban population depends on.
The cultivation of crop in drylands, having a low agricultural potential, benefits the reduction of soil erosion induced eutrophication of waterbodies allowing to regenerate the waterbodies their biodiversity.
Restoring drylands its agricultural potential and enabling rural areas to improve their socio-economic living conditions addresses one of the major drivers of migration and conflict.
Our value chain originates from multi-stakeholder engagement and its shared value is dependent on this engagement. By unleashing the potential of drought resilient crop through green refining technology partnerships are ensured on a local as well as on an international level