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Seeds of change: jatropha in India

Jatropha, the oilseed-bearing tree, is at the centre of a new initiative to rehabilitate wasteland in rural India and improve the livelihoods of landless villagers. Renowned for its ability to withstand harsh conditions, and its growing popularity as biofuel feedstock, the crop has given the barren lands around Velchal village, Andhra Pradesh, a new lease of life.
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