African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6693

Full Length Research Paper

Social and environmental aspects of family farming at Cacoal City, Rondônia State, Brazil

Aurélio Ferreira Borges
  • Aurélio Ferreira Borges
  • Federal Institute of Education in Rondônia State, Brazil.
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Edmar da Costa Alves
  • Edmar da Costa Alves
  • Federal Institute of Education in Rondônia State, Brazil.
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Maria dos Anjos Cunha Silva Borges
  • Maria dos Anjos Cunha Silva Borges
  • Federal Institute of Education in Rondônia State, Brazil.
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Sérgio Nunes de Jesus
  • Sérgio Nunes de Jesus
  • Federal Institute of Education in Rondônia State, Brazil.
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Jessé Alves Batista
  • Jessé Alves Batista
  • Federal Institute of Education in Rondônia State, Brazil.
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José Luiz Pereira de Rezende
  • José Luiz Pereira de Rezende
  • Federal University of Lavras, Brazil.
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  •  Received: 14 October 2013
  •  Accepted: 04 August 2014
  •  Published: 26 August 2014

Abstract

This study aimed to evaluate social and environmental aspects of family farming at Cacoal City, Rondonia State, in Brazil. This is applied in non-experimental (descriptive) research. Questionnaire was designed as the main tool of the study. Eleven (11) semi-structured interviews were conducted with family farmers from eleven cooperative associations. Quantitative and qualitative approaches were employed in the scientific research, using a questionnaire consisting of twenty four questions that sought to evaluate environmental aspects of the sample of family farmers. It was concluded that agriculture continues to be basis of the local development and rurality model found in the Western Amazon Brazil.

 

Key words: Social and environmental, family farming, Western Amazon.