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In 2002 CARE identified it's base line business in the ‘fuel switch’ of its associated copra oil mills in Mozambique and its clients in the Philippines.

Following on from this, CARE has embarked on a program of tree planting to create carbon sinks from the sequestration of carbon through tree growth. At the same time, CARE will create its very own “oil fields”. ‘The difference in Jatropha tree and Copra planting is that the trees in question are not grown for their timber but for the fruit they bear’.

CARE initially resorted to “allotropic equations” in order to arrive at a value of carbon sequestration in relation to Jatropha, but now have various figures through their own plantations and have identified a value in the order of 5 metric tonnes per hectare per annum using 1,200 trees planted per hectare. From the proceeds received through the sale of the certificate generated from the plantations, both CARE and its clients are using a percentage of its funds in order to plant more trees in order to continue a cycle of sustainability and create a “perpetual program” in the areas or their operations and create a "perpetual programme" in the areas of their operations.

In the copra regions, especially that of the Philippines where there are copra mills which have a capacity that far outweighs the nations capability of harvested copra, the re-planting will in time generate, not only additional rural income, but will over a few years, enhance the volume of copra in line with the mills capacity which in turn will create even greater export value and thus enhance the country’s fiscal economy.