Dairy organizations in the eastern basin of Uruguay and the development of the sector





non-traditional basin, dairy associations, social capital


In recent years, Uruguayan dairy has seen significant growth and development. From the territorial point of view, this has shown different intensities. The non-traditional basin of eastern Uruguay, consisting of the departments of Lavalleja, Maldonado and Rocha, showed lower levels of development compared to other areas of the country. This asymmetry would be influenced, at least partially, by weaknesses of the dairy producer organizations present in the eastern region, as they represent collective instruments of support, promotion and defense of the interests of the sector. The objective of this study is to analyze the structure and characteristics of these organizations and to inquire about the causes that limit dairy development in the region. The conceptual framework is based on the vision of social capital as a contributing factor to productive, economic and social development. The research was carried out between 2015 and 2017, and consisted of collecting primary information through semi-structured surveys and consulting secondary information. The results show that dairy producer associations have small social mass, low levels of partner participation and a low degree of articulation and cooperation with other entities of the local and national environment. In general terms and in a broad sense, there are weaknesses in the regional social capital related to dairy, which helps explain the relative lag of the sector in this region compared to the traditional basin.


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Grau M, de Hegedus P, Álvarez J. Dairy organizations in the eastern basin of Uruguay and the development of the sector. Agrocienc Urug [Internet]. 2023 Feb. 15 [cited 2024 Jul. 13];27:e985. Available from: https://agrocienciauruguay.uy/index.php/agrociencia/article/view/985



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