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Rates Of Return To Private Agricultural Extension: Evidence From Two Farm Management Centers In El Salvador


  • Solis, Daniel
  • Bravo-Ureta, Boris E.


This paper evaluates the economic and the financial viability of implementing private farm management centers (FMC) in El Salvador. In doing so, an ex ante cost-benefit analysis is performed. The results of this analysis suggest that a combination of better farm prices (paid and received), reallocation of resources, and crop diversification that would be promoted by a FMC can lead to an increase in farm level profits that is sufficient to cover the operation of the center and to still generate net gains in household income.

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  • Solis, Daniel & Bravo-Ureta, Boris E., 2003. "Rates Of Return To Private Agricultural Extension: Evidence From Two Farm Management Centers In El Salvador," 2003 Annual meeting, July 27-30, Montreal, Canada 22186, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea03:22186
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.22186

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