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Social Capital and Poverty: Lessons from case studies in Mexico and Central America

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  • Margarita Flores

    (Agricultural and Development Economics Division, Food and Agriculture Organization)

  • Fernando Rello
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    The aim of this article is to study the relations between social capital (SC) and the result of the efforts made by poor groups to reduce their poverty and social exclusion. To this end, SC is defined as the ability to obtain benefits from networks of social relations. This definition is then applied to the analysis of rural organizations in Mexico and Central America. The authors conclude that SC is a key resource in the success of the projects of the poor groups analyzed. However, in order for this to occur, certain conditions have to be met such as the preservation of social cohesion, the ability to solve new problems and a favorable economic and political climate.

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    Paper provided by Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO - ESA) in its series Working Papers with number 03-12.

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    Length: 19 pages
    Date of creation: 2003
    Publication status: Published in Culture & Agriculture (American Anthropological Association), vol 25, number 1.
    Handle: RePEc:fao:wpaper:0312
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    1. Flores de la Vega, Margarita & Rello, Fernando, 2002. "Capital social rural: experiencias de México y Centroamérica," Copublicaciones, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), number 1738 edited by Cepal.
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