Designing a Programme to Support Smallholder Agriculture in Mexico: Lessons from PROCAMPO and Oportunidades

26 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2009

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Paul Winters

American University; American University - Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS)

Benjamin Davis

UNICEF South Africa

Abstract

This article argues that there is a gap in current Mexican rural development policy that could be filled by a smallholder-targeted programme. The gap exists because agricultural programmes tend to benefit better-off farmers, while social programmes tend to focus on long-term investment in human capital, specifically for the children of today's poor. Drawing on lessons from PROCAMPO and Oportunidades, it offers a specific design for such a programme at a time when the government is considering how to reform PROCAMPO, given that, after 15 years, it is due to come to an end.

Suggested Citation

Winters, Paul and Davis, Benjamin, Designing a Programme to Support Smallholder Agriculture in Mexico: Lessons from PROCAMPO and Oportunidades. Development Policy Review, Vol. 27, Issue 5, pp. 617-642, September 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1484141 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7679.2009.00462.x

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Benjamin Davis

UNICEF South Africa ( email )

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South Africa

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