Namibia Agriculture and Renewables (NAR) is a subsidiary of Caparo Renewable Agriculture Developments Ltd (CRAD-L), founded with backing from UK-based Caparo Group (owned by Baron Swraj Paul, an Indian-born, British-based business magnate and Labour politician close to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. NAR originally planned to grow jatropha on 100,000 ha in the Caprivi Region of Namibia (of the developable 150,000), but in 2010 decided it was not viable. It then pursued a US$250-million deal to produce grains, pastures, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and herbs on 30,000 ha of irrigated lands in the same area. In October 2010, NAR project manager François Waal told Insight Magazine that his company had been waiting for over a year for the final go-ahead from the Ministry of Lands, and in June of 2010, Reuters reported NAR 'recently backed out of a 100,000-hectare jatropha development in Namibias Caprivi region'. The company also owns 46,000 ha in Sierra Leone where it farms palm oil (this land is also under dispute because of a lack of transparency and documentation).
It was reported in 2011, that the national Namibian Government has banned jatropha biofuel projects in the north east area of the country in both the Caprivia and Kavango regions until such time as a study on its viability can be completed.