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Best practices for small farmers in Cuba and Costa Rica in the Global Era (1990-2008)


  • Elisa Botella-Rodríguez

    (Universidad de Salamanca)


This article explores the evolution of cooperatives in Costa Rica and urban agriculture in Cuba as two cases of best practices among small-scale farmers to engage in a process of agricultural development from 1990 to 2008. This article shows how both avenues have enabled small-scale farmers to expand production and secure their long term survival under diverse agricultural strategies in the context of globalisation. The principal conclusion of the paper is that these channels might have the potential to create similar opportunities for small-holders in other developing economies applying different agricultural policies.

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  • Elisa Botella-Rodríguez, 2015. "Best practices for small farmers in Cuba and Costa Rica in the Global Era (1990-2008)," Historia Agraria. Revista de Agricultura e Historia Rural, Sociedad Española de Historia Agraria, issue 67, pages 179-215, december.
  • Handle: RePEc:seh:journl:y:2015:i:67:m:december:p:179-215

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    Cuba; Costa Rica; cooperation; urban agriculture;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • N56 - Economic History - - Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environment and Extractive Industries - - - Latin America; Caribbean
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy


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