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Title:Myths That Guide Us: A Comment on Integrated Rural Development in Liberia and Elsewhere
Author:Honadle, George H.
Periodical:Rural Africana
Geographic term:Liberia
Subjects:rural development
technical cooperation
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Abstract:Underlying the concept of integrated rural development (IRD) are two myths: that of the technical fix (development is simply a technical problem) and that of the noble peasant (development is simply a social problem and the peasant holds the key to its solution). Both approaches are unrealistic and together they encourage the use of strategies which bypass important local actors and institutions. The discussion is based on data developed as a result of studying and providing technical assistance to 23 IRD projects in 18 countries, while the author's field experience with the Bong and the Lofa County agricultural development projects in Liberia is used as concrete illustration. Notes.