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|Title:||Can credit help small family farming? evidence from Brazil|
|Author:||Maia, Alexandre Gori|
Euzebio, Gabriela dos Santos
da Silveira, Rodrigo Lanna Franco
|Abstract:||The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the impact of a Brazilian rural credit program, The National Program for Strengthening Family Farming (PRONAF), on small family farming production. The method is based on a quasi-experimental approach (propensity score matching) applied to 4.1m family farmers in Brazil. Results show that farmers accessing PRONAF tended to be positively selected in terms of several observable characteristics, such as land size and agricultural practices. Moreover, PRONAF had positive and differentiated impacts on agricultural production. The impact was larger in the poorest region when compared to the regions characterized by intensive and commercial farming. This study provides a comprehensive analysis of how rural credit has impacted small-farm agricultural production, using large and representative data - the whole population of Brazilian family farmers|
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