Contract Agriculture Lessons from Experiences in Costa Rica Chiriboga, Manuel Charnay, Romain Chehab, Carol 2012-06-26T15:37:23Z 2012-06-26T15:37:23Z 2008
dc.description.abstract Contract farming or contract agriculture is a practice by which agro-industrial processors, exporters, domestic suppliers to supermarkets and other interested actors contract primary production with producers. The factors that have encouraged contract farming in Costa Rica can be grouped in three major areas: 1) interest of the contractors to guarantee supply of the products under specific quality standards required by mass distribution systems or by importers; 2) avoiding problems related to administration of farms and particularly managing of personnel; and 3) distribution of risks that could be derived by high concentration of production. The study concludes are that there is a high variety in the modalities of contract farming; arrangements vary depending on crops or animal products; most contract agreements include clauses on technical assistance, quality controls and pricing, and few include financing; support and guarantee of purchase of the products helps farmers in their arrangements to obtain financing; the degree of formality of contracts is varied, being more stringent when contractors are private firms; and there is no special legislation for the specific case of contract farming. The benefits of contract farming accrue to producers and contractors, yet the former share a less significant portion of the benefits if one considers that they share most of the remaining risks. en
dc.language English
dc.publisher Washington, DC: World Bank
dc.rights CC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.holder World Bank
dc.subject World Development Report 2008
dc.title Contract Agriculture Lessons from Experiences in Costa Rica en
dspace.entity.type Publication
okr.crosscuttingsolutionarea Jobs
okr.crosscuttingsolutionarea Fragility, Conflict, and Violence
okr.globalpractice Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management
okr.globalpractice Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience
okr.globalpractice Agriculture
okr.globalpractice Trade and Competitiveness
okr.language.supported en
okr.region.administrative Latin America & Caribbean
okr.topic Agriculture
okr.topic Conflict and Development
okr.topic Finance
okr.topic Industry
okr.topic Labor
okr.topic Macroeconomics and Economic Growth
okr.topic Rural Development
Original bundle
Now showing 1 - 1 of 1
Thumbnail Image
English PDF
193.12 KB
Adobe Portable Document Format