Building Social Capital and Leadership Skills for Sustainable Farmer Associations in Morocco

Catherine M Rasmussen, Renee M Pardello, John R Vreyens, Scott A Chazdon, Somongkol Teng, Michael J Liepold

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Abstract

Agricultural development in Morocco relies on the economic strength of the country’s rural regions. Recently, government programs have focused special attention on actions encouraging farmer associations and strengthening value-chains for agricultural commodities. Small rural producers, however, lack the leadership skills and strategic planning capabilities to accomplish this initiative. The Morocco Rural Leadership Program connects University of Minnesota Extension staff with faculty at the National School of Agriculture, Meknès (ENA) in Morocco to co-design and teach a leadership cohort program for farmers. Its intent is to build social capital for sustainable value-chain development. Program evaluation revealed that the program not only increased leadership capacity but also grew farmers’ social capital and led to behavioral and procedural change in farmer associations.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of International Agricultural and Extension Education
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

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  • social capital, networks, leadership, sustainability, farmer associations, value chains, Morocco

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