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Gender and equity issues in liquid biofuels production : minimizing the risks to maximize the opportunities

Author: Andrea Rossi; Yianna Lambrou
Publisher: Rome : Food and Agriculture Organization, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : International government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The production of liquid biofuels such as bioethanol and biodiesel is rapidly increasing in developing countries, due mainly to the establishment of large-scale biofuel feedstock plantations. This results in potential socio-economic benefits, particularly in terms of agricultural employment, as well as risks, which tend to be context-specific. The objective of this paper is to discuss the potential  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, International government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrea Rossi; Yianna Lambrou
OCLC Number: 236191114
Language Note: English.
Description: 36 unnumbered pages
Details: System requirements: Adobe Reader.; Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Contents: Why link gender, equity issues and liquid biofuels production? --
Introduction --
1. Potential socio-economic risks for men and women --
2. Environmental impacts and associated gender-differentiated risks --
3. Agro-ecosystem simplification and associated --
4. Employment opportunities and discriminatory working conditions on plantations --
5. Increased food insecurity for men and women --
6. Summary of findings --
Recommendations: minimizing the risks to maximize the opportunities.
Responsibility: Andrea Rossi and Yianna Lambrou.

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The production of liquid biofuels such as bioethanol and biodiesel is rapidly increasing in developing countries, due mainly to the establishment of large-scale biofuel feedstock plantations. This results in potential socio-economic benefits, particularly in terms of agricultural employment, as well as risks, which tend to be context-specific. The objective of this paper is to discuss the potential gender-differentiated risks of liquid biofuels production and identify research and policy strategies to better understand and address them. The potential environmental and socio-economic risks that may arise from the establishment and operation of large-scale plantations for the production of biofuels are considered. In addition, some potential risks for food security resulting from an increase in food prices due to the growing use of agricultural crops for biofuels production are discussed. The paper provides some specific recommendations for future research, such as conducting field-assessments to generate sex-disaggregated data for testing the hypotheses discussed in this paper. It also offers a number of alternative policy options for reducing the risks and maximizing the opportunities of biofuels production, such as establishing international rules to ensure that this production is environmentally sustainable and pro-poor.

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