Sustainable Agriculture in Central America

  • Jan P. de Groot
  • Ruerd Ruben

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction and Summary

    1. Jan P. de Groot, Ruerd Ruben
      Pages 1-6
  3. Macroeconomic Conditions for Sustainable Agricture

  4. Sustainable Producition Systems

  5. Natural Resource Reserves and Protected Areas

  6. Agrarian Policies For Sustainable Land Use

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 231-234

About this book


Agricultural development in Central America is based on extensive growth, supported by macroeconomic policies that marginalize small peasants. Deforestation, erosion and resource depletion are particularly severe. This book offers a comprehensive review of the perspectives for state policies and local action to enhance sustainable agriculture. Macroeconomic conditions and institutional arrangements for the establishment of sustainable production systems in different eco-regional settings (hillsides, humid tropics, frontier areas) are discussed, as well as policy instruments to improve property rights, management rules and financial mechanisms to enhance sustainable resource use.


agriculture Conservation development forest growth sustainability sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Jan P. de Groot
    • 1
  • Ruerd Ruben
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Development EconomicsFree University of AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Development EconomicsWageningen Agricultural UniversityThe Netherlands

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