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Record number 429595
Title Exploring sustainable opportunities for family farms in Brazil to grow biodiesel crops in integrated food-energy systems
Author(s) Belo Leite, J.G. Dal; Barbosa Justino, F.; Bijman, J.; Costa, L.; Slingerland, M.A.; Ittersum, M.K. van
Source In: 10th African Crop Science Society Conference, 10-13 October 2011, Maputo, Mozambique. - - p. 9 - 12.
Event 10th African Crop Science Society Conference, Maputo, Mozambique, 2011-10-10/2011-10-13
Department(s) Plant Production Systems
Management Studies
Publication type Contribution in proceedings
Publication year 2012
Abstract Local governments in Brazil believe that biodiesel can be the motor of rural development in impoverished semi-arid regions. Such policies are increasingly challenged by the search for sustainable biodiesel crop options that best match farmers’objectives. Our aim is to explore socioeconomically and environmentally sustainable biodiesel crop options for family farms in the North of Minas Gerais, Brazil. A computer programme (TechnoGIN) was used to systematically generate all combinations of crop options with different production techniques. Based on previously done typology, a survey was conducted in the municipality of Montes Claros, further data was collected with expert knowledge, crop models, literature and field experiments. Calculations have been done for current (maize and beans) and future oriented land use systems (biodiesel crops). Socioeconomic and environmental advantages of biodiesel crops are not self-evident. Integrated food-energy systems might be a way of copping with economic and environmental uncertainties.
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