New Agriculture - New Opportunities

Date

31/12/2001

Contact

José Nunes

Country

Development Partnership

ADTR - Associação de Desenvolvimento Terras do Regadio

Demand

Despite the initial concept of empowerment being more than 3 centuries old, we can say that empowerment processes are still marginal in the various stages of eth projects and in the practice of actions, whether decentralised or o not, promoted by the organisations that seek social well being and integrated and sustained development. However, the scarcity of information (centralised, systemised, clear and referenced) supporting these types of actions, available in physical and virtual libraries, not about the scientific exploration of the concept, but about its benefits and applicability in practical and current contexts, was behind the inspiration for the present guide.

Solution

The product helps the user to: Identify forms of action where concepts and theories of empowerment are related to and apply to practice; Understand the relationship between correct application of the concept and theories and the results obtained. Understand the benefits and the care to bet taken; Apply theoretical concepts of empowerment to specific areas of intervention. The product helps the user to: Identify forms of action where concepts and theories of empowerment are related to and apply to practice; Understand the relationship between correct application of the concept and theories and the results obtained. Understand the benefits and the care to bet taken; Apply theoretical concepts of empowerment to specific areas of intervention.

Products

1-RoadBook: Roads to Empowerment Consisting of a rapid initiation guide for incorporation of the theoretical concepts explained, including the successful practices narrated therein, Roads to Empowerment is above all a guide of good empowerment practices in rural areas. It is the result of research, experimentation, narrative and reflection, centred on the concept of empowerment and designed according to the principles of simplicity of consultation and usage. 2-Good Practices Guide: Empowerment in Rural Areas Based on the narratives of three experimented practices (Mini-projects at School, Farmers Network and Employment Forum and Training), and as a reaction against the obvious difficulties of appropriating the theoretical concept of its application to real contexts, the goal was to gather and systemise into a single document both the theoretical foundation surrounding the concept of empowerment and other related concepts, and the set of lines of action developed for each practice, the methodologies used, the critical factors and other information that is useful for a better understanding of the concept and, above all, for better practical application within the context of the development processes and projects.

Results

Schools: Construction of new educational resources; improvement of internal environment and the image of schools in the community, increase of participative actions and introduction of methodologies for initiative and pro-activity of students and teachers; Companies: Autonomous development of sustainability means for agricultural activities; creation of producer networks seeking to prevent seasonality of agricultural activities and creation of economies of scale; vast increases in awareness and vision of agricultural producers in view of improving their productive performances; Technicians: Gains in multi-dimensional vision of the problems of agricultural employment; creation of cooperation networks of technicians and public and private institutional decision-makers (resolution of common problems).