The paper proceeds as follows: the first section develops the rationale for a territorial approach to rural development in Latin America, highlighting not only the reasons for the need of a renewed approach but also the emerging demand from different actors for such a renewal. The second section is an attempt to examine the potential contribution of the social sciences for the development of a solidly grounded formulation of a rural development strategy. Finally, the third section is a preliminary attempt to present a model for the analysis of rural territorial development processes that is based on the contributions discussed in the preceding section.
IPPG Discussion Paper Series, Manchester, UK, No. 17, 33 pp.