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ERIC Number: EJ1006159
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0743-0167
Small Farmers and Social Capital in Development Projects: Lessons from Failures in Argentina's Rural Periphery
Michelini, Juan Jose
Journal of Rural Studies, v30 p99-109 Apr 2013
The importance of social capital as a resource for rural development, especially in the context of projects involving joint participation of state and civil society, is widely recognized today. This paper analyzes the obstacles confronted by local players--small farmers and government organizations--in the development of an irrigation area through the implementation of a social colonization project in the Upper Colorado River Basin (Argentina). After reviewing theoretical perspectives on social capital and development, the paper deals with the difficulties faced by economic agents in building social capital and the impact of this process on the productivity of farms and the progress of the territory. Finally, it discusses how public policies and institutional design has hampered the formation of social capital. Additionally, we stress the importance of this kind of analysis to critically revise the current role of these areas from the perspective of local and regional development. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Argentina