Rural development in El Hatillo, Nicaragua: Gender, neoliberalism and environmental risk

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Abstract

El Hatillo is a rural community in the Sebaco valley in Nicaragua, which suffers from an eroding resource base, high levels of poverty and malnutrition, and a high susceptibility to hazards. Structural adjustment policies have been devastating for small and subsistence farmers and have increased the level of economic, social and environmental marginalisation in rural Nicaragua. This paper explores initiatives to promote sustainable development in Nicaragua in the context of structural adjustment and environmental degradation. Drawing on qualitative research conducted in El Hatillo, it outlines the ways in which women in this community are attempting to address the multiple challenges of rural poverty and environmental risk and considers the potential of these strategies for gender equality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-357
Number of pages15
JournalSingapore Journal of Tropical Geography
Volume25
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004

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