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El desarrollo rural y la economía social en el estado Mérida, Venezuela. PRODECOP: cuna de experiencias exitosas


  • Félix Parra Medina

    (Fundación CIARA. Venezuela)

  • Maribel Suárez Mancha

    (Universidad de Los Andes)


As part of the International Investigation project Rural Development and the Social Economy in South American countries, Spain and Portugal, a study has been carried out by the Catholic University of Ávila in Spain regarding Rural Development and the Social Economy in the State of Mérida in Venezuela. The first part presents the general courses of action taken with regard to Social Development by the National Government and by the most important organisations in charge of establishing national and state policies. In the second part, we describe the Project for the Development of Poor Rural Communities (PRODECOP) as the origin of successful experiences of rural development, not only in the state of Mérida, but also nationwide. Finally, we draw a number of conclusions and put forward a proposal that we hope will contribute to the sustainable development of cooperatives and agricultural credit banks set up and instructed by PRODECOP.

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  • Félix Parra Medina & Maribel Suárez Mancha, 2006. "El desarrollo rural y la economía social en el estado Mérida, Venezuela. PRODECOP: cuna de experiencias exitosas," CIRIEC-España, revista de economía pública, social y cooperativa, CIRIEC-España, issue 55, pages 141-165, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cic:revcir:y:2006:i:55:p:141-165

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    Social Economy; PRODECOP; Cooperatives; Agricultural Credit Banks; Rural Development; MINEP; SUNACOOP.;

    JEL classification:

    • C10 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - General
    • C29 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Other
    • H00 - Public Economics - - General - - - General
    • R29 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Other


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