Dynamics of Development in Rural Communities
This paper explores the complex process of rural development at the community level in the Philippines. The main aim is to explain the dynamics between development-facilitating assistance provided to the rural communities-including tenure-enhancing features of the agrarian reform program-and the community-wide rural development manifestations.
Improvement in tenure empowers agrarian households and allows them leeway to engage in non-farm livelihood activities. Although the present design of the agrarian reform program may still be inadequate, it can be expected not only to affect the aversion of agrarian unrest, but can also result in actual and perceived rural development. This will happen provided that appropriate policies are in place to allow the beneficiaries not to easily give up tenure. Community organizing, capacity building and the provision of other support services can inspire the beneficiaries to appreciate the new tenurial status they have gained.
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