Through a Public Private Partnership approach, the project explored the options to promote the cultivation of alternative crops, like Rape and Jatropha Curcas, by smallholder farmers as a substitute fuel by adapted private commuter transport vehicles in selected cities in Peru and Honduras.
The project has resulted in established baseline studies, focusing on the feasibility of alternative crops to be used (after processing) as fuel in vehicles. Extensive applied research was undertaken in the field of seed production, seed processing as well as vehicle/engine adaptation, resulting in preliminary models related to the overall feasibility of the proposed supply/value chain for the oily seed crops. The outcome, although promising, is not yet sufficiently conclusive to enable large scale commercial uptake. The project, with its operational activities in Peru and Honduras, has, however, yielded important insights in required follow-up work, addressing in particular the need to establish financially viable production systems (which may not necessarily be suitable in smallholder production enironments) as well as at making processing arrangements more efficient, thus reducing costs. Technically, the project has shown that diesel oil replacement by rape/jatropha seed oils is feasible. The economies thereof require more work.
The outcome of the project is summarized in a brief technical report, to which location-specific reports have been added.
Additional information may be obtained from the Project Executing Agency, the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ. Contact person in the Lima GIZ office is Mr. Peter Pfaumann, Director, GIZ Office, Lima. E-mail: Peter.Pfaumann@giz-de. www:giz-de./peru