The Jatropha Project_2

Kia Motors Europe has committed to the Jatropha plant project in Mali. By committing to this project and ensuring the growth of the Jatropha plant, Kia can help to ensure that local farmers earn a fair income and can support their families. The Jatropha plant is drought resistant and has numerous advantages. The plant is toxic to animals and also acts as a hedge to protect the fields. By the fifth year of production the Jatropha plant can produce up to 3.5 pounds of Jatropha nuts. These nuts will create the equivalent of half a litre of biodiesel and thus increasing the income for the farmers.

 

 

 

The Jatropha Shrub

Kia Motors Europe is investing in the planting of Jatropha shrubs in Mali for the socio-economic development of the local population and to ensure the restoration of biodiversity. Jatropha curcas is closely related to the rubber plant. Under ideal circumstances, this shrub will grow to heights of 8-10 meters. The main feature of the plant is that it is draught resistant and grows rapidly.

Protection of Crops

In Mali, the Jatropha is used as fencing around fields, meadows and forests. The plant prevents soil erosion by wind and rain. And because it is toxic, it protects crops against grazing animals like goats. The shrub Jatropha needs almost no water so valuable water is saved. The Jatropha shrubs are planted with crops and represent no threat to normal food.

Biodiesel Production

From the nuts of the jatropha oil biodiesel can be produced. Jatropha oil is an environmentally friendly, affordable renewable energy source and can be used as a substitute for diesel, kerosene, LPG​​, coal and wood.

Trees for travel
For the organization, implementation and control of the planting of the Jatropha shrubs, Kia works together with the reputable organization Trees for Travel. Trees for Travel, a registered charity with CBF, started in 2001, first in the Netherlands with development projects that led to a lasting increase in income and the reduction of the greenhouse gas CO2. Both goals were achieved through sustainable forestry and energy projects in developing countries.