Sugar and ethanol production as a rural development strategy in Brazil: Evidence from the state of São Paulo
Sugar and ethanol production are key components of Brazil's rural development and energy strategies, yet in recent years sugar production has been widely criticized for its environmental and labor practices. This study examines the relationship between rural development and sugarcane, ethanol, and cattle production in the state of São Paulo. Our results suggest that the value added components of sugarcane production, which include sugar refining and ethanol production, may have a strong positive affect on local human development in comparison to primary agricultural production activities and other land uses. These results imply that sugar production, when accompanied by a local processing industry can stimulate rural development. However, this paper also highlights the significant environmental and social harms generated by the sugar industry at large, which may undermine its development benefits if not addressed.
If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.
References listed on IDEAS
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
- Guimaraes, Edilson, 2008. "Brazilian Agribusiness (PowerPoint)," Agricultural Outlook Forum 2008 37391, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Outlook Forum.
- de Oliveira, Adilson, 1991. "Reassessing the Brazilian alcohol programme," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 19(1), pages 47-55.
- Joaquim J. M. Guilhoto, 2004.
"The Regional (State Level) Importance Of The Agribusiness Gdp In The Brazilian Economy,"
Anais do XXXII Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 32th Brazilian Economics Meeting]
119, ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pósgraduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics].
- Guilhoto, J. J. M., 2004. "The regional (state level) importance of the agribusiness GDP in the Brazilian economy," MPRA Paper 38310, University Library of Munich, Germany.
- Sperling, Daniel, 1987. "Brazil, ethanol and the process of system change," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 12(1), pages 11-23.
- Cerqueira Leite, Rogério Cezar de & Verde Leal, Manoel Regis Lima & Barbosa Cortez, Luís Augusto & Griffin, W. Michael & Gaya Scandiffio, Mirna Ivonne, 2009. "Can Brazil replace 5% of the 2025 gasoline world demand with ethanol?," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 34(5), pages 655-661.
- Chaddad, Fabio Ribas & Jank, Marcos Sawaya, 2006. "The Evolution of Agricultural Policies and Agribusiness Development in Brazil," Choices, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 21(2).
- Saint, William S., 1982. "Farming for energy: social options under Brazil's National Alcohol Programme," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 10(3), pages 223-238, March.
- da Motta, Ronaldo Seroa & da Rocha Ferreira, Leo, 1988. "The Brazilian national alcohol programme : An economic reappraisal and adjustments," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 10(3), pages 229-234, July. Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:eee:agisys:v:104:y:2011:i:5:p:419-428. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Dana Niculescu)
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.