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Cooperation in tradition or tradition in cooperation? Networks of agricultural entrepreneurs

Dias, C., M. Franco (2018), "Cooperation in tradition or tradition in cooperation? Networks of agricultural entrepreneurs", Land Use Policy, 71, 36-48.
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This study aims to understand the different types of inter-organisational cooperation relationships among agricultural entrepreneurs, adopting a qualitative approach and the case study method. It analyses a case study of agricultural entrepreneurs located in an inland area of central Portugal, which is traditionally a producer of black-eyed beans and which holds a small tourist event annually to promote that product. Data were collected through interviews held with several agricultural entrepreneurs. After carrying out content analysis of the interviews, we conclude that inter-organisational networks of agricultural entrepreneurs have played a fundamental role in developing that activity, through horizontal and vertical networks and collaboration with third parties. Horizontal networks and collaboration with third parties are present in all cooperation relationships, except for relationships referring to new products, where vertical networks with clients stand out. The networks of agricultural entrepreneurs have contributed to the sustainable development of the region studied, since besides economic benefits, they have contributed to conserving the landscape, job creation and preserving traditions.