Quinoa and production rules: how are cooperatives contributing to governance of natural resources?

Tschopp, Maurice Nicolas; Bieri, Sabin; Rist, Stephan (2018). Quinoa and production rules: how are cooperatives contributing to governance of natural resources? International journal of the commons, 12(1), pp. 402-427. Igitur 10.18352/ijc.826

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The sharp increase in the price and production of quinoa between 1990 and 2014 has had important impacts in Bolivia’s southern Altiplano region, previously considered one of the poorest regions in the country. The socio-economic status of most inhabitants improved significantly as a result of the “quinoa boom”. However, it also caused severe disturbances in socio-ecological systems and posed challenges to resource governance by traditional indigenous institutions. This article focuses on the role of farmer cooperatives, in particular, and examines how their production rules may have mitigated some of the challenges associated with the quinoa boom. We assess the activities of cooperatives with the help of Elinor Ostrom’s Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework and analytic tools such as the ADICO grammar (Attribute, Deontic, aIm, Condition, Or else) and the eight design principles. The key production rules of cooperatives are examined and compliance with these rules is estimated based on semi-structured interviews and a survey conducted with quinoa producers (n=305). We argue that the cooperatives successfully contributed to alleviate pressures on resources in a context where traditional authorities were challenged by new tasks associated with land grabbing and the crowding out of diversified agricultural activities. In conclusion, we argue that collaboration between traditional authorities and farmer cooperatives holds great potential for improving the governance and sustainability of socio-ecological systems in the region.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development
09 Interdisciplinary Units > Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (ICFG)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Tschopp, Maurice Nicolas; Bieri, Sabin and Rist, Stephan

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

1875-0281

Publisher:

Igitur

Language:

English

Submitter:

Monika Wälti-Stampfli

Date Deposited:

15 May 2018 09:22

Last Modified:

15 May 2018 09:22

Publisher DOI:

10.18352/ijc.826

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.116493

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/116493

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