SUSTAINABILITY GOVERNANCE MECHANISMS IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION

I have focused on social technologies —often adopted as a managerial tool for project development efficiency in rural interventions— such as participatory approaches and methodologies used by agricultural and environmental NGOs in Mexico and Bolivia, and the deployment of Fair Trade certification schemes in Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru, both intended to promote participation and empowerment of marginalized actors. After my Ph.D. study, I broadened the work to include alternative solutions to social transformation that involve not only grass-root organizations and the state but also large businesses and capital such as corporate social responsibility standards, the promotion of genetically modified organisms and gene-editing technologies, and the corporatization of organic agriculture and other certifications. The focus of such research is on the creation and enforcement of these alternatives in the Global North and in the Global South and their shaping of technologies and practices within commodity chains.

Publications

Córdoba, D., Pischke, E. C., Selfa, T., Jones, K. W., & Avila-Foucat, S. (2020). When Payment for Ecosystem Services Meets Culture: A Culture Theory Perspective. Society & Natural Resources, 1-19 [PDF].

Nava-López, M., Selfa, T., Córdoba, D., Pischke, E. C., Torrez, D., Ávila-Foucat S., Halvorsen K., and Maganda C. (2018) Decentralizing Payments for Hydrological Services Programs in Veracruz, Mexico: Challenges and Implications for Long-term Sustainability, Society and Natural Resources. [PDF]

Córdoba, D. (2017) Independent Smallholder Farmers’ empowerment processes and outcomes enabled by the FT4All certification in Honduras and Peru. A report presented to the Ford Foundation. 

Córdoba, D. (2017) Farmworkers’ empowerment processes and outcomes enabled by the FT4All certification in La Revancha, the first certified estate in Nicaragua. Report presented to the Ford Foundation.

Del Río, M., Córdoba, D., Rosty, D., Gansemans, Annelien, González, C and Lundy, M. (2016) Measuring and assessing impacts of Fair Trade for All on farmers, farmworkers, and the overall fair trade market system. Report presented to the Ford Foundation: 69. 

Córdoba, D.  (2016) Farmworkers’ empowerment processes and outcomes enabled by the FT4All certification in La Revancha, the first certified estate in Nicaragua. Report presented to the Ford Foundation.

Córdoba, D., Gonzalez, J., Ravikuma, A. (2015) Global Comparative Study REDD+ assessment: CIFOR Peru country case study. Work document. Overseas Development Institute (ODI): London. 

Córdoba, D. and White, D. (2011) Citizen participation in managing water: Do conversatorios generate collective action? An outcome evaluation of the CPWF project: Sustaining Collective Action Linking Economic and Ecological Scales in Upper Watersheds (SCALES/PN20). Colombo, Sri Lanka: CGIAR Challenge Program onWater and Food (CPWF). p. 66 (CPWF Impact Assessment Series 06). [PDF]

Córdoba, D. (2008) Evaluation of the impact in Colombia of the Project MUS/PN/28 – Multiple uses of water as a strategy for facing poverty, CPWF. Pretoria, South Africa Food: Agriculture and Natural Policy Analysis Network.

Córdoba, D. and González, C. (2007) Alianzas de Aprendizaje para el Desarrollo Empresarial Rural: evaluación de la experiencia del CIAT con la alianza de aprendizaje en Centro América. Work document: CIAT [PDF]

Gottret, M.V. and Córdoba, D. (2004) Políticas y Procesos de Innovación Tecnológica con Productores de Pequeña Escala en Honduras y Nicaragua. Pp. 13-26, in Innovación Participativa: experiencias con pequeños productoresagrícolas en seis países de Latinoamérica. Series Desarrollo Productivo No 159. ECLAC. Santiago de Chile, 2004. [PDF]

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