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The new Nicaraguan water law in context

The Nicaraguan Water Law, enacted in September 2007, is the first attempt to implement a new water law in the country. This is not an isolated legislative process in Central America, as other countries initiated similar reforms based on the Dublin…

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Trade liberalization under CAFTA

"This paper is a description and an analysis of trade liberalization under CAFTA. It shows that in the short run the impact of the agreement is likely to be small... Since the U.S. already grants tariff-free access under the CBI, trade liberalization…

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Estado de la innovación en el sector agroalimentario de Nicaragua

This pre-study on the “Status of Innovation in Nicaragua’s Agrifood Sector: Opportunities for Subsector Development” contributes to the existing information on agricultural innovation in Nicaragua. It thus aims to broaden the knowledge base for…

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Coping with the “coffee crisis” in Central America

"The international and local Nicaraguan media have widely reported on the “coffee crisis” in Latin America and there is substantial evidence that there has been a downturn and that this has been more severe in the coffee-growing regions. Using…

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Geographic space, assets, livelihoods and well-being in rural Central America

This paper uses an asset-base framework to analyze the determinants of rural growth and sustainable poverty reduction for the three poorest countries in Central America: Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua...Using a combination of GIS mapping…

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Impact evaluation of a conditional cash transfer program

This paper presents the main findings of a quantitative evaluation of the Red de Protección Social (RPS), a conditional cash transfer program in Nicaragua, against its primary objectives. These included supplementing income to increase household…

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The cost of poverty alleviation transfer programs

"A common criticism of antipoverty programs is that the high share of administrative (nontransfer) costs substantially reduces their effectiveness in alleviating poverty. Yet there is surprisingly little hard empirical evidence on such programs'…

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