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Agroecological Entrepreneurship, Public Support, and Sustainable Development: The Case of Rural Yucatan (Mexico)

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Faculty of Business, Finance and Tourism, University of Extremadura, 10071 Cáceres, Spain
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Faculty of Accounting and Administration, Autonomous University of Yucatan, 97205 Mérida (Yucatán), Mexico
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Faculty of Business and Public Management, University of Zaragoza, 22001 Huesca, Spain
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Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology, UNED, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Land 2020, 9(11), 401; https://doi.org/10.3390/land9110401
Received: 1 September 2020 / Revised: 14 October 2020 / Accepted: 20 October 2020 / Published: 23 October 2020
This paper offers an approach to Yucatecan social reality in terms of entrepreneurship and the process of creating companies dedicated to the production and/or commercialization of agroecological products, considering its contribution to sustainable rural development. The key actors’ perspective towards the existence of policies that favor land sustainability, assist in the development of rural areas and their population, and support these business initiatives is also presented. Likewise, it illustrates the small entrepreneurs’ standpoint on the role of public institutions in promoting wealth generation and sustainable development in lower growth areas, such as the state of Yucatan, in Mexico. A qualitative methodology was used for this research, based on in-depth interviews with a group of businessmen and -women from the region. The main results give a pessimistic view of institutional concern regarding both production and consumption of agroecological products and, therefore, the promotion of these enterprises for the socioeconomic development of Yucatan. From these findings, we detect: (a) A policy of scarce support for this type of production, due to political priorities; (b) inadequate management that prevents the consolidation of certain structures needed to support agroecological enterprises; (c) a lack of confidence in the Yucatecan government, which does not promote or support a social network of collaboration between agroecological producers and marketers; (d) a difficulty in undertaking agroecological enterprises because of social and cultural norms and poor environmental awareness among the population; (e) significant training deficiencies among entrepreneurs in agroecological agriculture; (f) absence of adequate distribution channels for agroecological products; and (g) excessive bureaucratic obstacles through laws that hinder entrepreneurial processes. View Full-Text
Keywords: entrepreneurship; agroecological production; sustainable development; public institutions; rurality entrepreneurship; agroecological production; sustainable development; public institutions; rurality
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Blanco-Gregory, R.; López-Canto, L.E.; Sanagustín-Fons, M.V.; Martínez-Quintana, V. Agroecological Entrepreneurship, Public Support, and Sustainable Development: The Case of Rural Yucatan (Mexico). Land 2020, 9, 401. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9110401

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Blanco-Gregory R, López-Canto LE, Sanagustín-Fons MV, Martínez-Quintana V. Agroecological Entrepreneurship, Public Support, and Sustainable Development: The Case of Rural Yucatan (Mexico). Land. 2020; 9(11):401. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9110401

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Blanco-Gregory, Rocío; López-Canto, Leonor E.; Sanagustín-Fons, María V.; Martínez-Quintana, Violante. 2020. "Agroecological Entrepreneurship, Public Support, and Sustainable Development: The Case of Rural Yucatan (Mexico)" Land 9, no. 11: 401. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9110401

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