Author

Tara Farnan

Defense Date

4-3-2007

Graduation Date

2007

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

thesis

Degree Name

MA

Department

Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy

School

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Committee Chair

Douglas Harper

Committee Member

Evan Stoddard

Keywords

Latin America

Abstract

This study examines the relationship between a group of campesinos and a Cooperative in Coronel Oviedo, Paraguay that were undergoing a debt default crisis. I spoke individually with small farmers and staff members about their experiences working with the Cooperative and their opinions about the future of the organization. Their responses grouped into themes that suggested ways to improve the relationship between farmers and their Cooperative as well as improve farmer involvement in the Cooperative. Based on recent scholarship in effective agricultural extension methods and rural development, I saw three main opportunities for the Cooperative to improve its relationship with its rural members. Improved and Expanded Extension Activities for Farmers, Improved Farmer Involvement in the Administration of the Cooperative, and Increased Credit Education, Restrictions, and Controls. I then discussed the likely benefits and obstacles to each of those recommended changes.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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