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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 9 PRA that supports local development: the experience of developing a municipal rural development plan in Tombos, Brazil

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 9 PRA that supports local development: the experience of developing a municipal rural development plan in Tombos, Brazil Andréa Alice C. Faria Introduction focusing on the particular challenges of the analytical process. It draws on experiences in Tombos (Minas Gerais, Brazil), where a PRA In recent years, there have been many discussions regarding the role of participatory process was the foundation for elaborating a methodology as a tool for popular Municipal Rural Development Plan. emancipation and social transformation. Much Context emphasis has been placed on `understanding reality'. Paulo Freire and his concept of Popular Education is fundamental for those of Tombos is a small municipality (284 km2) in us working in Latin America with PRA. He Minas Gerais, with 10,400 inhabitants, of revived the notion of `knowing reality' as part whom about 7000 live in the local municipal of learning, which is a cornerstone of PRA. town of the same name. The local economy is Today, applications of PRA are diverse indeed based on the coffee and dairy production. In but many face common challenges. One of 1996, the municipal elections put a new these relates to analysis of the information that popular-democratic administration ...

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