Deal #1369

Location #1

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Administrative region
Location
Eastern Rift Valley, Kenya

Target country
Kenya
Comment on location
Eastern Rift Valley, Coast and Nyanza provinces

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
30000
Comment on land area
Initially 30,000ha to be increased to 100,000ha within 10 years.

Intention of investment

Intention of the investment
Biofuels

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Lease

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2007] Intended (Expression of interest)

Implementation status

Comment on implementation status
Plans announced in 2007. One data source states that 500,000 seedlings have been planted -- 3,860 hectares of land has been planted by January 2008, however it is not clear whether this relates only to the company (and that they obtained the land) or jatropha in general in the country.

Contract farming

Contract farming
Yes
Not on leased / purchased area (out-grower)
Yes
Comment on contract farming
Biwako plans to start with the establishment of tree plantations and will move on to an outgrowers scheme

Number of domestic jobs created

Jobs created (domestic)
Yes
Planned number of jobs (domestic)
10000
Comment on jobs created (domestic)
When fully operational, the project will employ some 10,000 workers.

Operating company

Comment on investment chain
The Japanese investors will cooperate with the Green Africa Foundation, Kenya's official lead agency responsible for coordinating the development of a viable biodiesel sector.

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Government sources
File
Comment on data source
URL no longer working

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2007-11-19
Comment on data source
Kenya to start biodiesel production from Jatropha yields 10 000 jobs.

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2008-03-06
Comment on data source
Renewables for Africa- Kenya: Biwako Bio-Laboratory to invest in jatropha biodiesel

Data source #4

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Comment on data source
National Policies and Strategies on Bioenergy in Africa. Case Study: Kenya. January 2008.

Data source #5

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2010-09-08
Comment on data source
Business Daily- Policy makers seek bigger agriculture budgets to stop the rise in food prices

Data source #6

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2008-11-23
Comment on data source
Rainforest rescue- Food versus Jatropha

Data source #7

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Comment on data source
FEASIBILITY STUDY OF JATROPHA CURCAS AS A BIOFUEL FEEDSTOCK IN KENYA

Data source #8

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2008-03-06
Comment on data source
Kenya: Biwako Bio-Laboratory to invest in jatropha biodiesel

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Productive infrastructure (e.g. irrigation, tractors, machinery...)

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
State

Former land use

Former land use
Pastoralism

Former land cover

Former land cover
Shrub land/Grassland (Rangeland)

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Jatropha

In country processing of produce

In country processing of produce
Yes
Comment on in country processing of produce
AGF (Agrofuel production)

Overall comment

Overall comment
The Green Africa Foundation is coordinating the plantation effort on Biwako's behalf. $19.4 million investment

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