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

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

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 programmes (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. This paper draws on a literature review to assess the merits and viability of CRIPs in Brazil.

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