Linking Smallholders to the New Agricultural Economy: The Case of the Plataformas de Concertación in Ecuador

The Journal of Development Studies, 2009

Posted: 8 Jan 2019

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Paul Winters

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Mario Gonza'les-Flores

American University

Romina Cavatassi

IFAD

Jorge García-Andrade

Banco de España

Date Written: August 31 , 2009

Abstract

This article examines the challenges of linking smallholders to high-value food markets by looking at the experience of the Plataformas programme in the Ecuadorian Sierra. Multiple evaluation methods are employed to ensure identification of program impact. The findings suggest that the programme successfully improved the welfare of beneficiary farmers, as measured by yields and gross margins. These benefits are achieved through improving the efficiency of agricultural production and through selling at higher prices. No significant secondary health or environmental effects were found. Overall, the programme provides clear evidence that combining production support with facilitating market access can be successful.

Suggested Citation

Winters, Paul and Gonza'les-Flores, Mario and Cavatassi, Romina and García-Andrade, Jorge, Linking Smallholders to the New Agricultural Economy: The Case of the Plataformas de Concertación in Ecuador (August 31 , 2009). The Journal of Development Studies, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3306640

Paul Winters (Contact Author)

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) ( email )

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Mario Gonza'les-Flores

American University

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Romina Cavatassi

IFAD ( email )

Via Paolo di Dono
Rome, 00142
Italy

Jorge García-Andrade

Banco de España ( email )

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Madrid 28014
Spain

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