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2016.- Redefining rural prosperity through social learning in the cooperative sector: 25 years of experience from organic agriculture in Spain

Autores: Ignacio de los Ríos, María Rivera & Carmen García
Título: Redefining rural prosperity through social learning in the cooperative sector: 25 years of experience from organic agriculture in Spain


Revista: Land Use Policy
Volumen: 54
Páginas: inicial: 85  final: 94  
Fecha: 2016
Lugar de Publicación: United Kingdom; Elsevier
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ABSTRACT

In the political system and in public perception, the well-functioning of economy is frequently equalled to the output of the national economic system. However, during the last decades, this narrow conception of economic prosperity started to erode. This paper is based on a rural prosperity conceptual framework that takes into account the systemic nature and dynamics of interactions and impacts within rural systems through the analysis of an organic agriculture cooperative called Camposeven in the south east of Spain. The focus is on rural prosperity, differences in understanding, related parameters and strategies used by the cooperativés farming partners to success without following the traditional conventions of economic growth and farm-efficiency. Experience lessons in this paper demonstrate that the “technical-economic” approach of rural prosperity is not sufficient and results emphasize the important role of individuals’ behaviour as well as the contexts in which they are involved. The findings point to the increasing relevance of expanding both the theory and practice of rural prosperity approaches in sustainable rural development. This is important in order to enrich the connections between rural prosperity and other concepts such as social capital, innovation, social learning and resilience.

PALABRAS CLAVE: Cooperative; Organic farming; Rural prosperity; Social learning; Knowledge

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