The world is changing rapidly all around us. In the previous century, the dominant position of the United States of America and the European Union was undisputed. Now, the growing economies of China, Russia, India, Brazil and the African continent start to have a much stronger and decisive voice. This is true for many topics all over the world.
The role of "traditional" economies seems to shift towards provision of proven technology and towards ethical considerations concerning key topics such as climate change, social issue management, technology protection and other factors influencing the sustainable development of new technology in this new world. This new world is hungrier than ever for food and energy. With an estimated world population of 9 billion people by 2050 and shifting consumption patterns, the world needs fundamental and structural solutions to meet these increasing and shifting demands.
The rapid approach of "peak oil" in the fossil fuel production/ demand dynamics has resulted in a continued and even renewed interest in alternative biomaterials. The emerging biomaterial-based industry in the old economies is very rapidly becoming an inspiration source for emerging new economies. Likewise, it truly forms an opportunity to develop new agriculture based integrated food and energy production systems. The world has realized that it needs to manage the balance between the use of raw materials as a food source and as a feedstock for industrial processes and wherever possible needs to maximize synergies between both critical end-uses.
These trends are amongst the key drivers towards exploring different novel crops. One of the key challenges of the novel industrial crops is the limited level of domestication these crops have reached in addition to the need for tailor made agriculture and processing technology in professional exploitation of these crops.
The QUINVITA Group operates on a global basis in this changing world. We provide vision, services and products with the goal to enhance food and energy production in a balanced and integrated way.
QUINVITA Group focuses today its activities on the development of one of these novel industrial crops, Jatropha curcas. We believe Jatropha can become an important alternative ‘’fuel’’ for the production of food and energy in the world, in the first place in the locations where this crop will thrive. Jatropha has the potential to become the second most productive oil crop in the world, behind oil palm. The co-products of the Jatropha grain processing have important applications as organic fertilizers in the traditional agriculture or as protein sources in the feed industry.
Our strategy is founded on a solid, scientific knowledge base on Jatropha curcas and other novel industrial crops, gathered in a systematic R&D effort initiated in 2005.
The achievements we demonstrated in Jatropha curcas have been the foundation to expand our knowledge and expertise basis to other novel industrial crops that need domestication and professionalization.