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Situating adscriptions of value on Nature's Contributions to People: The case of traditional farmers in San Pedro, Paraguay.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis focus on the unidimensional adscriptions of value behind industrial soybeans production in Paraguay. The thesis aims to present non-economic Nature’s Contributions to traditional farmers’ quality of life, the role of farmers’ traditional knowledge to display these contributions and the efficiency of such knowledge regarding high productive demands. From a theoretical framework based on nature’s contributions to people, ecosystem services, knowledge systems and conservation, the thesis formulates the following research questions: 1) What drives the prioritization of a single economic value on nature’s contributions to people in rural Paraguay? 2) What is the value of non-economic nature’s contributions, and what is the role of traditional farmers on displaying these values? The study mostly relies in primary data obtained through semi-structured interviews conducted during fieldwork period in the study area of San Pedro, Eastern Paraguay. The results present a plural assessment on nature’s contributions and the adaptation of small farmers to modern farming techniques. The thesis concludes that a perspective dominated by unidimensional value can be socially motivated within the rush for development in Paraguay, a concept tied to economic growth and modernization. In addition, nature’s contributions displayed by small farmers suggest that community-based conservation could represent a more sustainable approach for the farmers’ needs and the current environmental challenges of the country.

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2018. , p. 60
Keywords [en]
Paraguay, farmers, ecosystem services, nature's contributions to people, traditional knowledge, soybeans, deforestation, biodiversity loss, community-based conservation
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Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-156893OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-156893DiVA, id: diva2:1212359
Available from: 2018-06-26 Created: 2018-06-01 Last updated: 2018-06-26Bibliographically approved

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