Exploring sustainable opportunities for family farms in Brazil to grow biodiesel crops in integrated food-energy systems

J.G. Dal Belo Leite, F. Barbosa Justino, J. Bijman, L. Costa, M.A. Slingerland, M.K. van Ittersum

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th African Crop Science Society Conference, 10-13 October 2011, Maputo, Mozambique
Pages9-12
Volume10
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event10th African Crop Science Society Conference, Maputo, Mozambique -
Duration: 10 Oct 201113 Oct 2011

Conference

Conference10th African Crop Science Society Conference, Maputo, Mozambique
Period10/10/1113/10/11

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    Dal Belo Leite, J. G., Barbosa Justino, F., Bijman, J., Costa, L., Slingerland, M. A., & van Ittersum, M. K. (2012). Exploring sustainable opportunities for family farms in Brazil to grow biodiesel crops in integrated food-energy systems. In 10th African Crop Science Society Conference, 10-13 October 2011, Maputo, Mozambique (Vol. 10, pp. 9-12)