Biotechnologizing Jatropha for local sustainable development

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This article explores whether and how the biotechnologization process that the fuel-plant Jatropha curcas is undergoing might strengthen local sustainable development. It focuses on the ongoing efforts of the multi-stakeholder network Gota Verde to harness Jatropha within local small-scale production systems in Yoro, Honduras. It also looks at the genomics research on Jatropha conducted by the Dutch research institute Plant Research International, specifically addressing the ways in which that research can assists local development in Honduras. A territorial approach is applied for analysis employing a three domain concept (local sustainable biotechnological development) of territory, technology and re-territorialization. The article suggests that, although the biotechnologization process (through genomics) of Jatropha within the socio-technical framework of the institute and multi-stakeholder networks is an ongoing process¿¿and different trajectories are, therefore, still open - the process can, nevertheless, strengthen local sustainable development
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-363
JournalAgriculture and Human Values
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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