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The Tropical Oil Crop Revolution: Food, Feed, Fuel, and Forests

Derek Byerlee, Walter P. Falcon, and Rosamond L. Naylor


This book provides a broad synthesis of the major supply and demand drivers of the rapid expansion of oil crops in the tropics; its economic, social, and environmental impacts; and the future outlook to 2050. After introducing the dramatic surge in oil crops, a comparative perspective is provided from different producing regions for two of the world’s most important crops: oil palm and soybeans from the tropics. Next, the drivers of demand for food, livestock feed, and biofuel are examined, followed by an introduction to price formation in vegetable oil markets and the role of globalization in ... More

Keywords: biofuels, deforestation, food security, globalization, land rights, livestock feed, oil palm, soybeans, smallholder models

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190222987
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190222987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek Byerlee, author
Visiting Scholar, Stanford University

Walter P. Falcon, author
Farnsworth Professor of International Agricultural Policy Emeritus and Deputy Director, Center for Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University

Rosamond L. Naylor, author
Professor of Environmental Earth Systems Science and Director, Center for Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University