Publication: A New Model of Public-Private Partnership for Land Access and Rural Enterprise Formation

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Childress, Malcom D
Korczowski, Tom
The Honduras Land Access Pilot Project (PACTA) from 2001-2006 supported the acquisition of land and the formation of sustainable farm enterprises by self-organized landless and land-poor peasant families. The Government is now scaling up and diversifying the pilot into a national program far more inclusive than the current model. The SDR 6.2 million pilot project proved the viability of a public-private partnership strategy, with the private sector lending for land purchase and public sector funds being used for complementary investments and services to improve productivity and build capacity for independent development. The program was broadly aimed at the rural population with no access to land or precarious access to small parcels for subsistence production. Of the 1,226 families that took part in the program, 991 were part of this group day laborers, sharecroppers, or other kinds of subsistence producer. The rest were poor families with access to municipal forestland (two sub-projects) or communal land (one sub-project). These sub-projects were implemented at the end of the pilot phase. In addition, the sub-projects supported by PACTA in forest communities and afro-Honduran communities are promising for the diversification of economic activities in areas like tourism, crafts, fishing, sustainable timber harvest and wood processing, and environmental services. From this point of view, the achievements and lessons learned in the pilot project could be meaningful in the design of similar processes, not necessarily involving land purchase
Childress, Malcom D; Korczowski, Tom. 2008. A New Model of Public-Private Partnership for Land Access and Rural Enterprise Formation. Agricultural and Rural Development Notes; No. 32. © World Bank, Washington, DC. License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.
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