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The Viability of Cattle Ranching Intensification in Brazil as a Strategy to Spare Land and Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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dc.contributor.author Cohn, Avery
dc.contributor.author Bowman, Maria
dc.contributor.author Zilberman, David
dc.contributor.author O'Neill, Kate
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-16T19:23:30Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-16T19:23:30Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7540
dc.description.abstract "Recent research and policy on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Brazil suggests that the least-cost, largest-scale mitigation option is for cattle ranchers to produce more on the land they already use. The rationale is that cattle ranching intensification programs (CRIPs) can speed yield-increasing technology adoption that delivers GHG benefits by sparing land to prevent deforestation and allow more biofuels production and other productive uses. We draw on a literature review to assess the merits and viability of CRIPs in Brazil. Support for CRIPs is based on a series of premises: accelerating intensification is straightforward and additional; Brazilian pasturelands have significant potential for alternative uses; reducing extensive cattle ranching will have a substantial effect on deforestation rates; increasing intensive ranching will reduce extensive cattle ranching; boosting intensity will actually spare land because it won't simply cause demand to increase; increased intensity has social and environmental co-benefits; and the mitigation benefits of CRIPs outweigh the marginal costs. We examine the logic and the inconsistencies of each premise, weigh potential consequences and propose potential remedies that could improve the viability of CRIPs." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CCAFS Working Paper, no. 11 en_US
dc.subject climate change en_US
dc.subject mitigation en_US
dc.subject REDD en_US
dc.subject agricultural development en_US
dc.subject deforestation en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use en_US
dc.subject pastoralism en_US
dc.title The Viability of Cattle Ranching Intensification in Brazil as a Strategy to Spare Land and Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Copenhagen, Denmark en_US
dc.coverage.region South America en_US
dc.coverage.country Brazil en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.subject.sector Grazing en_US

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