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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.

Institutional Support

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.


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