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El Salvador: Rural Development Study

World Bank Group

Published April 30th 1998
ISBN : 9781280003943
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El Salvador has recorded impressive overall economic growth in the 1990s, averaging 6.7 percentage during 1991-95. However, during this period, agricultural growth has lagged below the rest of the economy, raising concerns about the long-run capacityMoreEl Salvador has recorded impressive overall economic growth in the 1990s, averaging 6.7 percentage during 1991-95. However, during this period, agricultural growth has lagged below the rest of the economy, raising concerns about the long-run capacity of the sector to raise incomes and employment in rural areas. The study shows that about 46 percent of the rural population are poor and 19 percent are extremely poor. Recent legal reforms approved in May 1996 should contribute to the development of more flexible land markets in agriculture. The main challenge is to facilitate the development of a flexible and efficient land market without ill effects, and at the same time diversify sources of income of the rural poor, both landless and landed. The objectives of this sector review are to: i) develop a strategy to revitalize the agricultural sector- and ii) present the main findings of the rural poverty analysis and develop its implications for the design of a poverty alleviation strategy.