Agrarian Policies in Central America

Overview

Macroeconomic adjustment and sectoral reforms have strongly modified the framework for rural development in Central America. Local producers have only received marginal benefits from the liberalization of markets and the privatization of financial and commercial services.This book offers a structural analysis of agrarian policies in Central America and their impact on production conditions and farmers' welfare. Segmentation of rural factor and product markets and institutional failures have imposed severe ...
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Overview

Macroeconomic adjustment and sectoral reforms have strongly modified the framework for rural development in Central America. Local producers have only received marginal benefits from the liberalization of markets and the privatization of financial and commercial services.This book offers a structural analysis of agrarian policies in Central America and their impact on production conditions and farmers' welfare. Segmentation of rural factor and product markets and institutional failures have imposed severe constraints on the effectiveness of the applied policy instruments.
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Eight contributions gathered by Pelupessy (development economics, Tilburg U.) and Ruben (development economics, Wageningen Agricultural U.) offer a structural analysis of agrarian policies in Central America and their impact on production conditions and farmers' welfare. Attention is focused on the consistency between different policy interventions; responses of rural households to changing conditions in markets for land, workers, or finance; and the subsequent adjustment of farming systems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312224264
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/12/2000
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Wim Pelupessy is Lecturer in Development Economics with the Faculty of Economic Sciences of Tilburg University, The Netherlands.

Reurd Ruben is Lecturer in Development Economics at the Department of Economics and Management of Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables vi
List of Figures viii
Notes on the Contributors ix
Preface xi
1 A Critical Appraisal of Agrarian Policies in Central America 1
2 Institutional Constraints and Internal Dynamics of Land Reform in El Salvador and Taiwan 17
3 Comparative Advantage of Food Crops under Structural Adjustment in Nicaragua 44
4 Agrarian Policy Responsiveness of Small Farmers in Costa Rica 76
5 Towards Sustainable Land Use at the Agrarian Frontier in Nicaragua 103
6 Soil Conservation Practices and Farmers' Adoption Strategies in Costa Rica 127
7 The Impact of Financial Reform on Rural Credit in Central America 144
8 Rural Off-Farm Employment and Food Security Policies in Honduras 170
Bibliography 189
Index 203
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