A decade ago the Brazilian government decided that farmer families and poor regions should benefit from the cultivation of energy crops. Researchers from the Environmental Policy Group of Wageningen University conclude that this plan has failed.
Five years after the start of this plan, almost 80 % of the biofuel originates from large scale soya producers, while other energy crops contributed only for 2.6 % to biofuel, stated Sarah Stattman and Arthur Mol in the Energy Policy journal. This results in less influence of the Brazilian Agriculture Ministry and the associations of small farmers. The Brazilian Ministry of Energy and the energy company Petrobras, on the other hand, benefit significantly from the introduction of the bio-energy plan.
The article can be found in Resource (page 8).