Natural and social capital are vital for sustainable agricultural development. But past attempts to improve rural people’s livelihoods have meant that these two types of capital asset have been run down. There are now participatory methodologies, processes and policies that can improve both of these public good capitals. It is possible to increase natural capital. It is possible to develop systems that devolve decision-making. It is possible to make the state more efficient and more responsible. None of this will be easy. Much needs to change at all levels. But where the empirical evidence currently points is to the lowest levels. This is where significant transformations are occurring, and they are affecting higher levels of bureaucracies. It remains to be seen whether governments are able to see this as an opportunity or threat to their power and authority.
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- Participatory Learning in Rural Africa: Towards Better Decisions for Agricultural Development
Jules N. Pretty
- Springer Netherlands