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An Analysis of Irrigation Organizations in Colombia through the Prism of Collective Action

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Departamento de Desarrollo Rural, Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias, Universidad Nacional de Colombia-sede Bogotá, Bogotá 111321, Colombia
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Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Policy, ETSIAM, Universidad de Córdoba, Córdoba 14014, Spain
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Agriculture 2019, 9(11), 235; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture9110235
Received: 26 September 2019 / Revised: 25 October 2019 / Accepted: 29 October 2019 / Published: 1 November 2019
The objective of this article is to deepen the knowledge of collective action in irrigation organizations in Colombia, by identifying the limitations of the members for their organizational work and the variables of context that determine collective behavior. Human and environmental factors have not been sufficiently considered in public irrigation policies, since, in the case of Colombia, these have focused almost exclusively on the physical infrastructure. The methodology develops a qualitative approach based on an ethnographic and quantitative study of the socioeconomic characteristics of irrigation users. The results allow us to affirm that the collective awareness of water is a common good. The vision of the associates about the associative work, the conformation and structuring of the organizations, the nature of the established agreements, and the socio-economic, environmental, and political environment of the organizations studied, are determining factors of their collective action and, therefore, should be taken into account in public policies of associative irrigation. View Full-Text
Keywords: collective action; irrigation organizations; Colombia; rural development policies collective action; irrigation organizations; Colombia; rural development policies
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Molina-Ochoa, J.P.; Gallardo-Cobos, R.; Sánchez-Zamora, P. An Analysis of Irrigation Organizations in Colombia through the Prism of Collective Action. Agriculture 2019, 9, 235.

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