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Social Capital among Farmer Association members and non-members - a field study on inter- and intragroup trust in rural Mozambique

Bengtsson, Zofie LU (2010) STVM01 20101
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Farmer associations are suggested a good tool to increase rural income and strengthen social ties among small-scale farmers. Strong social bonds can in turn generate social capital which is identified to matter significantly for development outcomes and poverty alleviation.
Not much research has been devoted to how the formation of a farmer association affects group dynamics and social capital between villagers. Thus, using empirical data from a field study in two villages in rural Mozambique, this study examines trust between farmer association members and non-members and further explains the results using concepts derived from social capital theory such as bonding, bridging and linking social capital.
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Farmer associations are suggested a good tool to increase rural income and strengthen social ties among small-scale farmers. Strong social bonds can in turn generate social capital which is identified to matter significantly for development outcomes and poverty alleviation.
Not much research has been devoted to how the formation of a farmer association affects group dynamics and social capital between villagers. Thus, using empirical data from a field study in two villages in rural Mozambique, this study examines trust between farmer association members and non-members and further explains the results using concepts derived from social capital theory such as bonding, bridging and linking social capital.
Findings show great divergence in the level of intra- and intergroup trust in the villages. While one village shows fairly high overall trust, the other reveals fractions between association members and non-members. Thus, drawing on the result from the analysis, this study also illustrates the positive and negative outcomes derived from social networks and strong social capital.
Finally, this thesis argues for increased horizontal cooperation between farmer associations and highlights the importance of a supportive government and a progressive legal framework aimed at facilitating the commercialization of small-scale agricultural production. (Less)
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author
Bengtsson, Zofie LU
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organization
course
STVM01 20101
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
social capital, farmer association, Mozambique, small-scale farming, trust
language
English
id
1607771
date added to LUP
2010-06-29 13:17:20
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  abstract     = {Farmer associations are suggested a good tool to increase rural income and strengthen social ties among small-scale farmers. Strong social bonds can in turn generate social capital which is identified to matter significantly for development outcomes and poverty alleviation. 
       Not much research has been devoted to how the formation of a farmer association affects group dynamics and social capital between villagers. Thus, using empirical data from a field study in two villages in rural Mozambique, this study examines trust between farmer association members and non-members and further explains the results using concepts derived from social capital theory such as bonding, bridging and linking social capital.  
      Findings show great divergence in the level of intra- and intergroup trust in the villages. While one village shows fairly high overall trust, the other reveals fractions between association members and non-members. Thus, drawing on the result from the analysis, this study also illustrates the positive and negative outcomes derived from social networks and strong social capital.
     Finally, this thesis argues for increased horizontal cooperation between farmer associations and highlights the importance of a supportive government and a progressive legal framework aimed at facilitating the commercialization of small-scale agricultural production.},
  author       = {Bengtsson, Zofie},
  keyword      = {social capital,farmer association,Mozambique,small-scale farming,trust},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Social Capital among Farmer Association members and non-members - a field study on inter- and intragroup trust in rural Mozambique},
  year         = {2010},
}