Ethnocompetitiveness, relations, and networks: towards rural sustainability

  • Diosey Ramón Lugo-Morin
  • Development in Practice, September 2017, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/09614524.2017.1353589

Ethnocompetitiveness to improve the capacity of the small producer

What is it about?

Small producers face various obstacles in placing their products on the global market. The most important obstacle is associated with the generation of innovative products in a dynamic context. This article presents a case study which provides support for a methodology designed to quantify the competitiveness of small and medium-sized local producers in relation to other producers in the same region and nation. It explores how the evolution of knowledge relates to the ability of agricultural producers to sell their products in regional and international markets. To do so, it utilises the concept of ethnocompetitiveness, which can be understood as the hybridisation of local knowledges with external or codified knowledge.

Why is it important?

An assessment of the various forms of knowledge (tacit and codified) of small farmers is an attribute in today’s ethnocompetitive rural areas. The way farmers display this knowledge will allow access to markets and generate income.


Dr. Diosey Ramon Lugo-Morin

Ethnocompetitiveness represents the concept of permanence and dynamism in rural areas by stakeholders, and the integration of innovative processes and social networks helped by knowledge; allowing a productive strategy with an external cultural element, mixed with local social-economic dynamics, to compete in the market.

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