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Revista mexicana de ciencias agrícolas

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ANGEL-PEREZ, Ana Lid del et al. Social capital, social networks and leadership in peri-urban family farming in Mexico. Rev. Mex. Cienc. Agríc [online]. 2018, vol.9, n.6, pp.1137-1148. ISSN 2007-0934.

In 2014, the federal government promoted in the country, through the SAGARPA, the component of family, peri-urban and backyard agriculture (CAFPT). Its purpose was to strengthen food security with the cultivation of vegetables, the raising of rabbits and laying birds in homes. Within this framework, a figure of self-managed leadership was highlighted that voluntarily became part of the organization of the working groups. At the same time, various social networks emerged, configuring new coexistence arrangements associated with social capital. Therefore, the objective of this paper was to analyze the impact of CAFPT on the creation of social capital and the role of emerging leadership. The information was obtained through narratives and questionnaires in workshops held in 2015 with 27 actors from San Luis Potosi and Veracruz. The results show the emergence of a type of leadership governed by moral commitments whose actions favored the detonation of social capital. The most important elements were the strengthening of community ties that transcended food production and modified various spheres of daily life, promoting the cultural revaluation of people united in poverty, the principles of trust and solidarity being fundamental.

Palabras llave : empowerment; family agriculture; social capital; social networks.

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