government agencies. It is unfortunate that negative examples do so much to shape
perceptions, that is why the good side of the cooperatives must be displayed.
This is an area in which the study cooperatives have all had difficulties. It is also
an area in which the cooperatives have little real control. FEHCAFOR should continue
to foster a good working relationship with AFE/COHDEFOR, but the individual
cooperatives must also development functional relations with AFE/COHDEFOR and the
municipalities. In the case of AFE/COHDEFOR, perhaps the best strategy is to be
hopeful and pragmatic. The cooperatives should be hopeful that the agency will one day
improve. They should be pragmatic in knowing what difficulties they may encounter in
working with the agency. It should not come as a surprise when things are difficult.
Know that the agency is problematic, and develop strategies for dealing with the
International Aid Projects
The negative experiences with aid projects related by the cooperatives are a clear
indication that development agencies need to emphasize quality over quantity. The
planning stages are the most important for any project. The projects should plan
carefully while honestly promoting participation of the stakeholders, the cooperative or
community members. Campesinos have ideas, and they are more capable than many
people believe. They should participate and have a sense of ownership in any project.
Project assistance should be flexible enough to meet the needs of the participants.