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The development of agricultural food markets in Costa Rica and the influence of the diffusion of supermarkets

Folkersen, Maja Vinde LU (2013) EKHR72 20131
Department of Economic History
Abstract
During the past thirty years the world has witnessed remarkable developments in agricultural markets in various parts of the world along with several obstacles in reducing global poverty rates. Previous research suggests that the inclusion of small-scale producers into agricultural economies is crucial for sustaining growth and reducing poverty. We argue that the agricultural structural transformation of Costa Rica’s agrarian economy has been successful in developing linkages and initiatives that are conducive for growth, market expansion and competitiveness. Nonetheless, we maintain that several obstacles remain in completing the transformation in agriculture seeing as a substantial part of the agricultural population is disconnected to... (More)
During the past thirty years the world has witnessed remarkable developments in agricultural markets in various parts of the world along with several obstacles in reducing global poverty rates. Previous research suggests that the inclusion of small-scale producers into agricultural economies is crucial for sustaining growth and reducing poverty. We argue that the agricultural structural transformation of Costa Rica’s agrarian economy has been successful in developing linkages and initiatives that are conducive for growth, market expansion and competitiveness. Nonetheless, we maintain that several obstacles remain in completing the transformation in agriculture seeing as a substantial part of the agricultural population is disconnected to the dynamic agricultural food markets in the country. We contrast the developments in agricultural food markets in Costa Rica with the diffusion of supermarkets in the country and suggest that the most effective drivers of change are likely to be those possessing local knowledge. (Less)
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author
Folkersen, Maja Vinde LU
supervisor
organization
course
EKHR72 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
agricultural structural transformation, market integration, economic growth, inclusion of small-scale farmers, poverty reduction, institutions
language
English
id
4022650
date added to LUP
2013-09-11 11:12:03
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2013-09-11 11:12:03
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  abstract     = {During the past thirty years the world has witnessed remarkable developments in agricultural markets in various parts of the world along with several obstacles in reducing global poverty rates. Previous research suggests that the inclusion of small-scale producers into agricultural economies is crucial for sustaining growth and reducing poverty. We argue that the agricultural structural transformation of Costa Rica’s agrarian economy has been successful in developing linkages and initiatives that are conducive for growth, market expansion and competitiveness. Nonetheless, we maintain that several obstacles remain in completing the transformation in agriculture seeing as a substantial part of the agricultural population is disconnected to the dynamic agricultural food markets in the country. We contrast the developments in agricultural food markets in Costa Rica with the diffusion of supermarkets in the country and suggest that the most effective drivers of change are likely to be those possessing local knowledge.},
  author       = {Folkersen, Maja Vinde},
  keyword      = {agricultural structural transformation,market integration,economic growth,inclusion of small-scale farmers,poverty reduction,institutions},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The development of agricultural food markets in Costa Rica and the influence of the diffusion of supermarkets},
  year         = {2013},
}