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Ojala que llueva algo en el campo: unanticipated influences and development


  • Heather McIlvaine-Newsad


The globalisation of agriculture continues to have a profound influence on ecosystems and subsistence based livelihoods throughout Latin America. In addition to contributing to the decline of the last remaining stands of forest in the Dominican Republic, changing agricultural practices also affect traditional gender roles and household nutritional status. Drawing on the experiences, observations, and data collected by the researcher between 1991 and 1995 in a rural Dominican community, this paper explores the links between gender, food security, the environment, and community based reforestation projects. This paper suggests that participatory approaches and gender analysis are necessary, but alone do not assure the success of small-scale forestry projects given the current political ecology of the Dominican Republic.

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  • Heather McIlvaine-Newsad, 2003. "Ojala que llueva algo en el campo: unanticipated influences and development," International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 2(2), pages 153-166.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijarge:v:2:y:2003:i:2:p:153-166

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    1. Sanchez-Fung, Jose R. & Faria, Joao Ricardo, 2009. "The economy and the environment in the Dominican Republic and Haiti: what explains the differences?," Economics Discussion Papers 2009-3, School of Economics, Kingston University London.


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