Linking Smallholders to the New Agricultural Economy: An Evaluation of the Plataformas Program in Ecuador

ESA Working Paper No. 09-06, 2009

41 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2019

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Romina Cavatassi

IFAD

Mario Gonza'les-Flores

American University

Paul Winters

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Jorge Andrade-Piedra

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Patricio Espinosa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Graham Thiele

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 2009

Abstract

This paper analyzes the impact of participation in multi-stakeholder platforms (Plataformas) aimed at linking smallholder potato farmers to the market in the mountain region of Ecuador. It describes and evaluates the Plataformas’ program to determine whether it has been successful in linking farmers to higher-value markets and the effects that such connections have brought, particularly with regard to farmers’ welfare and to the environment. The analysis is run comparing a set of different and carefully constructed control groups to beneficiaries and using various specifications. Results are strongly consistent across the different specifications and are sound across the counterfactuals, suggesting impacts are adequately identified. Findings suggest that the program was successful in improving the welfare of beneficiaries, while potential negative environmental impacts, particularly with relation to agrobiodiversity and use of agrochemicals seem not to be a concern. Mechanisms through which impacts have been achieved are analyzed. Little spillover effects are found.

Suggested Citation

Cavatassi, Romina and Gonza'les-Flores, Mario and Winters, Paul and Andrade-Piedra, Jorge and Espinosa, Patricio and Thiele, Graham, Linking Smallholders to the New Agricultural Economy: An Evaluation of the Plataformas Program in Ecuador (April 2009). ESA Working Paper No. 09-06, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3307424 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3307424

Romina Cavatassi

IFAD ( email )

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Rome, 00142
Italy

Mario Gonza'les-Flores

American University

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Washington, DC 20016
United States

Paul Winters (Contact Author)

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) ( email )

Via Paolo di Dono
Rome, 00142
Italy

Jorge Andrade-Piedra

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Patricio Espinosa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Graham Thiele

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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