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Closing the loop

The benefits of the circular economy for developing countries and emerging economies

2016 Available in Portuguese and English

Farmers in north east Brazil pose with their biodigestor which turns waste into gas for cooking.

Farmers in north east Brazil pose with their biodigestor which turns waste into gas for cooking. Photo: Eleanor Bentall/Tearfund

This study investigates the relevance of the circular economic system for emerging economies – and the poorest people in those countries – on the basis of recent experience in Brazil. It presents evidence to suggest that emerging economies can implement an economic model that is better both for society and for the environment. It also highlights the role the government can play in helping existing production chains to adopt the circular production model.

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