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Production of Ethanol from Sugarcane in Brazil

From State Intervention to a Free Market

  • Márcia Azanha Ferraz Dias de Moraes
  • David Zilberman

Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 43)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Márcia Azanha Ferraz Dias de Moraes, David Zilberman
    Pages 1-4
  3. State Intervention in the Sugarcane Ethanol Industry in Brazil

  4. The Government Distances Itself in the 1990s: The Break and the Learning Curve

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Márcia Azanha Ferraz Dias de Moraes, David Zilberman
      Pages 47-52
    3. Márcia Azanha Ferraz Dias de Moraes, David Zilberman
      Pages 53-58
    4. Márcia Azanha Ferraz Dias de Moraes, David Zilberman
      Pages 59-64
    5. Márcia Azanha Ferraz Dias de Moraes, David Zilberman
      Pages 75-80
    6. Márcia Azanha Ferraz Dias de Moraes, David Zilberman
      Pages 81-85
    7. Márcia Azanha Ferraz Dias de Moraes, David Zilberman
      Pages 87-91
    8. Márcia Azanha Ferraz Dias de Moraes, David Zilberman
      Pages 93-96
    9. Márcia Azanha Ferraz Dias de Moraes, David Zilberman
      Pages 149-193
    10. Márcia Azanha Ferraz Dias de Moraes, David Zilberman
      Pages 195-212
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 213-221

About this book

Introduction

The success of Brazil in the large-scale production and use of fuel ethanol has been widely discussed and analyzed by other countries interested in adopting policies designed to encourage the use of biofuels. Within this context, certain questions arise: Could the Brazilian experience be replicated in other countries? What were the conditions that enabled the creation of the Brazilian Proálcool (National Ethanol Program and what lessons can be learned? To examine these issues, it is important to understand the functioning of the key, interconnected markets (those for sugarcane, sugar and ethanol), which, from their inception, were the objects of extensive government intervention until 1999. Two main conditions enabled the creation of Proálcool: robust production of sugarcane and sugar (tightly regulated by the government, which applied the numerous regulations then in place); and the military regime that was in place at the time, whose decision-making and enforcement powers were quite broad, facilitating the carrying out of the necessary actions, as well as making it easier to coordinate the activities of the various stakeholders and sectors involved. This book increases understanding of the functioning of the sugarcane supply chain in Brazil, not only during the phase of government intervention but also in recent years (in the free-market environment). The lessons, positive and negative, gleaned from the Brazilian experience can contribute to reflection on and the development of alternative modalities of biofuel production in other countries, making the book of interest to scholars and policy-makers concerned with biofuel and renewable resources as well as economic development.

Keywords

Deregulation Energy Ethanol Free Market State Intervention Sugarcane

Authors and affiliations

  • Márcia Azanha Ferraz Dias de Moraes
    • 1
  • David Zilberman
    • 2
  1. 1.Economics, Business and SociologyLuiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (ESALQ) ,University of São PauloPiracicabaBrazil
  2. 2.Agricultural and Resource EconomicsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-03140-8
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03139-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03140-8
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