Adjusting to reality: the impact of structural adjustment on Honduran agriculture

Andy Thorpe

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    Abstract

    The chapter discusses the sweeping agrarian policy changes being introduced in Honduras and examines what effect structural adjustment policies have had on the national economy. The Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) introduced in 1990 was strengthened in 1992 by the Agricultural Modernization Law, which was severely criticized for not targeting the rural poor. The chapter analyses current policy and it's potential for reactivating the rural sector. Three sections consider: agricultural reactivation, through adjustment policies; the SAPs effect on agricultural and domestic prices; the range and effect of institutional reform on the rural agricultural sector. The most severely affected groups in Honduran society are the rural small marginal farmers, who have seen labour and input costs soar in the last few years while output price rises have lagged far behind. While this sector may be geographically dispersed, they should not be excluded from policy planning and adjustment compensation programmes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationStructural adjustment and the agricultural sector in Latin America and the Caribbean
    EditorsJ. Weeks
    Place of PublicationBasingstoke
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Pages205-228
    Number of pages24
    ISBN (Print)0333637852
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 1995

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