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Biotechnologizing Jatropha for local sustainable development

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Puente-Rodríguez, Daniel

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Abstract 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.
Keywords Honduras
Classification Economic Sectors; Technology Assessment; Natural Science and Engineering, Applied Sciences
Free Keywords Local sustainable biotechnological developments; Genomics; Biofuels; Jatropha curcas; Gota Verde; PRI-WUR; Territorialization
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 351-363
Journal Agriculture and Human Values, 27 (2009) 3
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)