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Record number 414683
Title Institutional arrangements in the emerging biodiesel industry: Case studies from Minas Gerais—Brazil
Author(s) Watanabe, K.; Bijman, J.; Slingerland, M.A.
Source Energy Policy 40 (2012). - ISSN 0301-4215 - p. 381 - 389.
Department(s) Plant Production Systems
Management Studies
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) economic-organization - policy
Abstract Connecting (small) family farmers to the emerging biodiesel industry requires careful design of the institutional arrangements between the producers of oil crops and the processing companies. According to institutional economics theory, the design of effective and efficient arrangements depends on production and transaction characteristics, the institutional environment, and the organizational environment supporting the transaction between producers and the industry. This paper presents a comparative study on two cases in the feedstock-for-biodiesel industry in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The two case studies represent the production and transaction system of soybeans (Glycine max L. Merrill) and castor beans (Ricinus communis L.). Important elements of effective and efficient institutional arrangements are farmer collective action, availability of technical and financial support, and farmer experience with particular crops.
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