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A case study of the lower Cochabamba Valley, Bolivia (Inglês)

A case study of the ex-haciendas Parotani and Caramarca in the Lower Cochabama Valley of Bolivia is presented. Starting from a relatively low level of agricultural development, land reform alone made possible the rapid adoption of a new set of crops and production techniques leading to significant increases in output. Dramatic increases took place in family farm income and agricultural production, despite the almost total lack of credit, extension, and other services. The land reform that permitted these advances involved the 1953 Agararian Reform Law, which allowed the purchase from landlords of varying amounts of land. The results observed in the Lower Cochabamba Valley represent the limiting best case of what can be expected from land reform alone. Future increases in family farm income and agricultural production will require the provision of credit, soil testing, and extension services that, to date, have been unavailable.

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