Haitians Pioneer Biofuel Production Model
Following Haiti's devastating earthquake, new methodologies for organic and economic growth quickly began to sprout.
Following Haiti’s devastating earthquake, new methodologies for organic and economic growth quickly began to sprout. Supported by American bio-diesel company, Sirona Fuels and the Sirona Cares Foundation, Haitian farmers began working to cultivate Jatropha plants on unused lands to create a crop of fuel-worthy seeds.
Jatropha seeds are particularly significant, as they are rich in natural oil that can be pressed for biofuel, also emitting a seed-cake byproduct which can be used as a fertilizer on the same lands in which the plants were first grown. The biofuels and seed-cakes can be sold, bartered and traded at discounted rates to farmers for greater expansion of local land plots and groundwork, or used within homes for heat or to provide a more consistent power supply. The venture also brings new income to developing communities to dig wells for clean water and have greater access to local jobs.