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The present study contributes to identifying obstacles to the development of a local biodiesel agro-industrial system (AGS) in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The research questions are: “How do local social characteristics influence the organizational effectiveness of agents involved in the joint production effort?”; and “How can the institutional arrangement of biodiesel production be described?” The method adopted is the case study, focused on family farmers served by the Family Farmers Rural Extension and Technical Assistance Company (EMATER). This state organization introduced castor beans (Ricinus communis L.) to family farmers as an alternative crop to supply a processing plant (Darcy Ribeiro Biodiesel Plant—DRBP) in northern Minas Gerais state, Brazil. These family farmers are not horizontally organized, and sign individual contracts with DRBP. The paper concludes that the primary obstacle to developing the biodiesel AGS with castor beans in Minas Gerais is the lack of horizontal organization among family farmers.

Keywords: Biodiesel production system ; Agro-industrial System (AGS) ; Institutional Arrangement ; Castor bean ; Minas Gerais ; Brazil ; Family Farmers

Editor(s): Schiefer, Gerhard

Fritz, Melanie

Subject(s): Agribusiness

Farm Management

Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety

Industrial Organization

Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies

Research Methods/ Statistical Methods

Issue Date: 2013-01

Publication Type: Journal Article

DOI and Other Identifiers: ISSN 1869-6945 (Other)

PURL Identifier: Published in: International Journal on Food System Dynamics, Volume 03, Number 2 Page range: 185-198

Total Pages: 14

Record appears in: International Center for Management, Communication, and Research > International Journal on Food System Dynamics

Autor: Watanabe, Kassia ; Zylbersztajn, Decio


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