Sustainable bio-energy is interwoven with sustainable rural development for family farmers. In this context, the Brazilian government is pursuing a “social inclusion” goal by means of family farmers providing a fraction of biodiesel feedstock. In 2009, the state-run petroleum company established a biodiesel plant in the north of Minas Gerais State. Family farmers in this region are faced with the prospect of entering agreements with the industry to provide castor beans (castor). Fewer family farmers than anticipated are engaging and this raises doubts regarding the sustainability of this option for family farmers (da Silva César and Batalha 2010). Exploration into the sustainability of such farmer-industry agreements from the farm-level perspective is timely. We conduct an exploratory assessment using sustainability indicators. We aim to: (i) capture and explore the scope of sustainability if family farmers choose to cultivate castor and (ii) explain sustainability as a function of current yield levels, alternative yield levels and alternative management decisions at the farm level.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 5th WCCA - World Congress on Conservation Agriculture incorporating 3rd Farming Systems Conference Design Conference, 26-29 Sept. 2011, Brisbane, Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Event||Resilient Food Systems for a Changing World, Proceedings of the 5th World Congress of Conservation Agriculture in corporating 3rd Farming Systems Design Conference, Brisbane, Australia - |
Duration: 26 Sep 2011 → 29 Sep 2011
|Conference||Resilient Food Systems for a Changing World, Proceedings of the 5th World Congress of Conservation Agriculture in corporating 3rd Farming Systems Design Conference, Brisbane, Australia|
|Period||26/09/11 → 29/09/11|